Charlotte 49ers guard Keyshawn Woods has been named Conference USA's freshman of the week.
Woods, who played at Northside Christian, averaged 13.7 points as the 49ers went 2-1 last week. He is the second Charlotte player to win the league's top freshman award (Torin Dorn won a few weeks ago).
The 49ers (6-5) are off until Dec. 30, when they play at Georgia Tech.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Charlotte 49ers guard Keyshawn Woods has been named Conference USA's freshman of the week.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Charlotte 49ers junior forward Kyle Parker was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American team. Parker, a Hermann Trophy semifinalist who played at Marvin Ridge High, scored nine goals and seven assists this season and was name Conference USA's offensive most valuable player.
Parker, forward Brandt Bronico and defender Biko Bradnock-Brennan made the NSCAA's all-Southeast region first team, while 49ers goalkeeper Austin Pack and midfielder Dominic Bonilla are on the second team.
Charlotte's Kyle Gookins was named the southeast region's assistant coach of the year.
Statement Friday from UNCC chancellor Phil Dubois:
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Here's a Charlotte 49ers football recruiting update:
-- 49ers coaches -- along with probably every other staff in the country -- have been in Birmingham since the news that Alabama-Birmingham's program was folding. And Charlotte's made some headway: Linebacker Rolan Milligan, the Blazers' second-leading tackler last season with 54, is visiting Charlotte next week. Milligan, who also had four tackles for loss and two sacks, is a 5-11, 185-pound senior from Lake City, Fla. According to AL.com., Milligan is also visiting Toledo.
The 49ers are also expecting at least two other former Blazers to visit.
-- Charlotte, which is in need of running backs, got a commitment from one Tuesday: Fairfield (S.C.) Central's Joseph Young. The 49ers came in late on Young, a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, who had offers from schools such as Virginia, Appalachian State and Old Dominion.
Young, 6-1, 197 pounds, ran for 1,367 yards this season. He's the 16th commitment for Charlotte.
The 49ers needed to bring in at least one running back after freshman Maetron Thomas was thrown off the team last month.
-- Charlotte is also getting a visit next week from defensive lineman Zach Befort of Butler (Kan.) Junior College, the same school the 49ers found linebacker Nick Cook and safety Branden Dozier.
-- The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger is reporting that linebacker Terry Caldwell, who was thrown off Charlotte's team last summer, has signed with Mississippi.
-- Running back Chris Duffy (Porter Ridge High), who originally signed with Charlotte, played last season at Georgia Military College. A 49ers source said Charlotte is no longer interested in Duffy.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Baseball operations at UNC Charlotte have temporarily stopped and several 49ers players suspended as an investigation into hazing in the baseball program continues.
"We remain in close contact with members of the team and their families and are listening closely to their concerns," UNCC chancellor Phil Dubois said Friday in a statement. "The safety of our students is the foremost priority of the university."
The names of the suspended players weren't released. According to school spokesman Tom Whitestone, baseball operations are defined as player activities such as offseason conditioning, skills instruction and meetings. Coaches are still working.
In a text message to the Observer earlier this week, 49ers coach Loren Hibbs said he could not comment until the investigation is completed.
In Friday's statement, Dubois said the investigation is being conducted outside the athletics department by UNC Charlotte's Student Affairs Division under the direction of the Office of Legal Affairs in accordance with the university's Code of Student Responsibility.
In the student code, hazing is defined as "any activity, intentional or unintentional, by a Student, Student Group, or Student Organization, related to membership in a Student Group or Organization, that endangers the mental, physical, or emotional health of a person, regardless of whether such person has consented to participation in the activity. Any actions that demean, disgrace or embarrass a person may also be considered hazing."
Dubois said more information would be released "as the investigation allows."
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
A few things to look for at Charlotte's men's basketball exhibition Tuesday against Newberry:
Backcourt rotation: The 49ers have loads of backcourt depth, and there will be any number of combinations coach Alan Major can play with. Get used to seeing senior point guard Pierria Henry and Florida-transfer Braxton Ogbueze on the court together. How they mesh will be a factor in how the 49ers' season plays out. This will be their one season together, with Ogbueze poised to take over Henry's role over the next few years. With the losses of Denzel Ingram and Shawn Lester, freshmen Keyshawn Woods and Torin Dorn figure to be part of the equation -- especially Woods, who might make people forget about the loss of Lester pretty quickly.
From long distance: Ingram and Ben Cherry were two of Conference USA's top 3-point shooters last season. At least two players from the guard group will need to fill that void. Henry (31.6 percent) and Terrence Williams (28.1) have never been reliable outside shooters. Ivan Benkovic showed promise two seasons ago, but he's likely going to be rusty after missing last season with a back injury.
Big and small: The 49ers will have the option of going big -- with 6-11 center Mike Thorne, 6-8 power forward Willie Clayton and 6-8 Bernard Sullivan in the front court; or small, with Clayton, Sullivan and perhaps Williams, Henry and Ogbueze in the backcourt. That smaller group is more in tune to Conference USA's style of play. But Thorne, if he continues his development, can be a significant factor for the 49ers in the post.
Last season's worries: Can the 49ers take better care of the ball (they averaged 14.7 turnovers and shoot free throws better (64.8 percent)? Clayton in particular struggled from the line, making 49.4 percent. Major said those issues have been worked on in the offseason. Now it's time to start finding out.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Charlotte 49ers sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson is listed as week-to-week
after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against James
Madison on Saturday.
Should Johnson not be ready for the 49ers’ next game Nov. 8 against third-ranked Coastal Carolina, he would be replaced by sophomore Lee McNeill, who completed 18-of-26 passes for 190 yards and an interception after Johnson was hurt.
Johnson has completed 117 of 225 passes for 1,941 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season and is Charlotte’s second-leading rusher with 383 yards and a touchdown.
In other 49ers injury news, coach Brad Lambert said sophomore linebacker Nico Alcalde isn't expected to miss any games after injuring his shoulder against James Madison. Alcalde will likely have surgery on the shoulder after the season, which means he will miss Charlotte's offseason and spring workouts. Alcalde had similar surgery on his other shoulder after last season and also missed winter and spring workouts.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
"I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for their support,” Lester said. “This was a very difficult decision for me and my family. After much consideration and talking with my family and coaches, I feel it is in my best interest to begin my professional career."
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Charlotte's Basketball Madness is set for 9 p.m. Thursday at Halton Arena. This year's event will be hosted by 49ers alum Jesse Garber, with dunks and other activities on the schedule. The first 400 students will receive a 49ers rally towel. Students will also try out their new end zone seating sections.
“But I’m probably more consumed with how I want things to be than what the outcome is. I’m more consumed with how we are every day.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Facing steadily declining attendance in men’s basketball,
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Charlotte 49ers, who return four starters from last season's team that went 17-14, have been picked to finish third in the Conference USA men's basketball race by the league's coaches.
Charlotte guard Pierria Henry also made the 10-player preseason all-conference team. Henry was the only player in C-USA last season to average double figures in points (12.3) and more than five rebounds (5.1) and assists (5.8).
Louisiana Tech and Texas-El Paso were chosen to finish ahead of Charlotte, with Old Dominion the coaches' pick to finish fourth.
Preseason all-conference team:
Charlotte: Pierria Henry, Sr. G
Louisiana Tech: Raheem Appleby, Sr., G; Alex Hamilton, Jr., G; Kenneth "Speedy" Smith, Sr., G.
Old Dominion: Aaron Bacote, Jr., G.
Alabama-Birmingham: C.J. Washington, Jr. G.
Texas-El Paso: Vince Hunter, F, Soph.; Julian Washburn, Sr., F/G.
Western Kentucky: George Fant, Sr., F; T.J. Price, Sr., G.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
-- The 49ers’ men’s soccer team didn’t hurt its national rankings with a 3-1 victory against William & Mary on Tuesday night at Transamerica Field. Heading into the game,
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Charlotte 49ers junior Monica Trickett, Conference USA's women's soccer preseason defender of the year, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Trickett hurt her knee in practice last week. It's the third time she's injured her knee, one coming earlier in her career at Charlotte, the other in high school in Raleigh.
Trickett was a second-team all-conference pick in 2013 and also made the league's all-tournament team. She was a preseason first-team all-conference pick for this season.
The 49ers (1-3-1) play their first home game of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Winthrop at TransAmerica Field.
Friday, September 12, 2014
|Photo courtesy of Charlotte 49ers sports information|
Members of the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team spent Friday morning helping paint the interior of a home in the university area as part of the Purple Heart Homes Charity, an organization that adapts and remodels homes for disabled veterans. Players and staff put several coats of paint on rooms inside the home.
For more information on the Purple Heart Homes Charity: http://www.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
A few 49ers news items:
The 49ers men's soccer team gets a stern early season test Friday, hosting ninth-ranked Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. at Transamerica Field. The Chanticleers (1-1) have beaten then-seventh ranked Connecticut 3-2 and lost to No. 7 Maryland 3-2 on the road.
The 21st-ranked 49ers (1-0) won their season open on Sunday, beating Radford 2-1 despite playing a man down after defender Nick Barnhorst was issued a red card for a hand ball in the penalty area.
The Chanticleers ended Charlotte's 2013 season with a 1-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Charlotte beat Coastal Carolina in an earlier regular-season game 2-1 in Conway, S.C. One of the Chanticleers' top players is senior striker Ricky Garbanzo, who played at Rock Hill's Northwestern High. Garbanzo scored the game-winning goal against UConn.
Charlotte's volleyball team (3-2) will play in the Temple Invitational this weekend. The women's soccer team (1-2) is at Liberty on Thursday night.
Former 49ers point guard Ny Hammonds has signed a pro contract with Lithuania's Kibirkstis-VICI. Hammonds, who played at Concord High, was a second-team all-Conference USA selection last season and is Charlotte's career assists leader with 496. She is the third player under coach Cara Consuegra to play professionally, joining Amanda Dowe and Jennifer Hailey, who are also playing abroad.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Charlotte 49ers 2014-15 men's basketball schedule:
Monday, August 25, 2014
Former 49ers pitcher John Maine has been added to the baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.
Maine, a former Conference USA pitcher of the year for Charlotte, had a major league career that included stops with the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins. Maine won 41 games over his eight-year career, a highlight coming when he won Game 6 of the 2006 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Maine is the latest of a few former 49ers athletes who have joined Charlotte coaching staffs recently. Mikel Hunter is a football grad assistant; Owen Darby is men's soccer director of operations; and Colby Lewis was promoted from graduate manager to assistant director of operations.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
-- It looks like juco transfer Branden Dozier has overtaken Ardy Holmes for one of the safety spots. Holmes has been slowed by an injury, but figures to get plenty of playing time at what is a deep position.
-- Austin Duke and Corey Nesmith will handle the kickoff return duties and Nesmith will return punts. Freshman Arthur Hart looks like he’ll punt.
-- There are a couple of true freshmen listed as backups – receivers Juwan Foggie and T.L. Ford and corner Tre’Shun Wynn. The goal for coach Brad Lambert will be to redshirt the remainder of this freshman class, although running back Maetron Thomas might play depending on when a shoulder injury heals.
-- Sophomore cornerback Devin Pearson and sophomore linebacker Justin Bridges-Thompson aren’t listed, which means they will likely be redshirted.
-- The average weight of the offensive line starters is a hefty 307 pounds.
89 T.L. Ford 6-3 175 Fr.
or 95 Devin Clegg 6-4 235 R-So.
37 Hayden Pezzoni 5-9 160 R-So.
32 Demarrel Alexander 5-10 165 R-Jr.
5 Tre’Shun Wynn 6-0 175 Fr.
HLD: 5 LEE MCNEILL 6-1 200 R-SO.
49ers news, notes:
Gentile, who played at Ardrey Kell High, has scored twice this season for USL Pro -- including for the Eagles against Orlando City in May. Orlando City, which is moving to MLS next season, leads the USL Pro standings with 52 points (16-2-4). The Eagles (8-13-3) have 27 points and are two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with two games remaining.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The Charlotte 49ers are picked to finish second in this season's Conference USA men's soccer race. The 49ers, who won last season's league tournament, were chosen behind only New Mexico, which won last season's regular-season title. 49ers forward Kyle Parker (Marvin Ridge High) is a preseason all-conference pick.
Charlotte opens its season Aug. 31 against Radford at Transamerica Field. The 49ers' league opener is against New Mexico on Sept. 26. The Lobos went on to advance to the College Cup semifinals last season.
The Charlotte 49ers will open their 18-game Conference USA schedule with a game at Old Dominion on Jan. 4. Most league games will be on a Thursday-Saturday basis, with the 49ers playing home-and-home series against ODU, C-USA newcomer Western Kentucky, North Texas, Rice and Marshall.
Charlotte opens its season Nov. 14 at Liberty. The home opener is Nov. 18 against N.C. State.
2014-15 Charlotte 49ers women's basketball schedule
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
-- Charlotte’s men’s basketball team will play Penn State in the first round of the Charleston Classic at 5 p.m. Nov. 20. The 49ers and Nittany Lions are in the same bracket as Cornell and South Carolina, with other first round games featuring Southern California against Akron and Drexel against Miami. Charlotte and Miami will also play a game at the 49ers’ Halton Arena on Nov. 25.
-- The 49ers are the preseason pick to win the Conference USA women’s soccer championship. Charlotte, which returns eight starters from last season’s 11-7-2 team that went 5-3-2 in the league, also have C-USA’s preseason defensive player of the year in Monica Trickett and a preseason all-league player in midfielder Amanda Jones. The 49ers open their season Aug. 22 at UNC Greensboro.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Charlotte 49ers' women's basketball nonconference schedule is highlighted by a home opener against N.C. State and a holiday tournament in Mexico.
Charlotte will face the Wolfpack on Nov. 18 in Halton Arena, four days after their season opener Nov. 14 at Liberty. The 49ers travel to Riviera Maya, Mexico to play in the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Nov. 27-29. They will face Montana, Wake Forest and Princeton in the event.
The schedule also features games at South Carolina (Dec. 4) and Utah (Dec. 29) and a home game against Davidson on Dec. 21.
The complete nonconference schedule (Conference USA will release the league schedule later):
Nov. 14, at Liberty; 21, N.C. State; 21, Elon; 27-29, at Triple Crown Cancun Challenge, Riviera Maya, Mexico) vs. Montana, Wake Forest, Princeton.
Dec. 4, at South Carolina; 7, Charleston Southern; 15, at Ball State; 18, Presbyterian; 21, Davidson; 29, at Utah.
Observations from the Charlotte 49ers' first preseason football practice Wednesday morning:
-- There was a decidedly different feel to the workout from last season's first practice, which opened the program's inaugural season. With more scholarship players on hand -- 74 this season as opposed to 63 in 2013 -- the players appeared to be bigger, faster and more in tune to what the coaching staff wants. Things were helped also by a nice, cool morning, with temperatures in the upper 60s.
-- Perhaps the best example of the new-look 49ers is right guard Daniel Blitch, who played last season at 320 pounds but has bulked up to 345. The increased weight appears all muscle. Whether that hinders his speed and quickness coming off the line, we'll see.
-- One open spot on the offense is at a receiver spot, where Mikel Hunter (now a grad assistant) played last season. Dmarjai Devine, who played sparingly last season, got several reps with the first team on Wednesday morning.
-- Running back Kalif Phillips has changed his number from 25 to 3. "I like the single digits," he said. Phillips, who led the 49ers with 716 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, said he's ready to be the No. 1 back this season after Alan Barnwell was thrown off the team last spring. Top candidates to be the No. 2 back are Damarrell Alexander and Donjore Gainey.
-- With Hunter graduated, the 49ers' return game will be overhauled. Coach Brad Lambert said punt-return candidates are Ardy Holmes, Austin Duke and Corey Nesmith. Trent Bostick and Alexander will get looks at kick returner.
-- Kevin Donnalley, who handles radio color commentary for the 49ers, has been hired as an intern on Charlotte's strength and conditioning staff. That's a high-level intern: Donnalley was an offensive lineman for 13 seasons in the NFL, including three for the the Carolina Panthers. He played in college at Davidson and North Carolina.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Seven-footer Benas Griciunas, a member of Lithuania's U-20 national team, is transferring to Charlotte from Auburn, the 49ers are announcing this afternoon.
Griciunas will sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Griciunas averaged 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds for the Tigers last season. He played in 12 games and started one against Illinois. He had a season-high eight points against Jacksonville State and a season-high five rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Griciunas was a 3-star prospect coming out of Findlay (Nev.) Prep two years ago. He has 3-point range and made five-of-six from long-range in a high school all-star game.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Charlotte 49ers men's basketball coach Alan Major successfully underwent the first of three surgeries he is scheduled to have this summer in early June. The first procedure was on one of his eyes, with a heart operation coming up in mid-July. Major will have surgery on his other eye in August.
Major, who is taking a medical leave of absence to have the operations, is still recovering from the first procedure and expected to return to work by the time school starts later in August.
-- The 49ers' season-opening football game at Campbell on Aug. 28 will start at 7 p.m., Campbell announced Thursday.
-- Match play is coming to Conference USA's men's golf championship. Teams will play 54 holes of stroke play with the top four teams advancing to a four-team seeded match-play playoff. The format change is the same as the NCAA's championship format. C-USA is the first league in the country to go to the format.
-- Charlotte long-jumper Coye Still was one of 15 recipients of Conference USA's Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship. Still who won the Atlantic 10 long jump event as a junior, will receive a $4,000 scholarship. Still, from Harrisburg's Hickory Ridge High, also received the UNC Charlotte Provost's Athletic Academic Achievement Honor.
Friday, June 13, 2014
-- Former 49ers baseball star Bo Robinson has joined Charlotte's staff as a fulltime assistant coach. Robinson, who had been a volunteer assistant the last two seasons, is the only player in Charlotte history to have 100 RBIs in one season in 1998. He holds school records in doubles (82), RBIs (232) and total bases (499).
-- Marcus Bryan, who left Charlotte's basketball program in May, announced on his Twitter account that he's transferring to UNC Wilmington.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wide receiver Uriah LeMay, a former four-star recruit at Butler High, is transferring to the Charlotte 49ers from Georgia, a source confirmed Thursday.
LeMay (6-foot-2, 197 pounds) was a redshirt freshman at Georgia last season and will be eligible to play for the 49ers when the enter Conference USA for football in 2015. He is the brother of another former Butler player, quarterback Christian LeMay, who already announced in January he would transfer from Georgia.
News of LeMay's transfer was first reported by Rivals.com.
Uriah LeMay was one of four Georgia players arrested in March on misdemeanor charges of theft by deception. The players were accused of depositing paper stipend checks from Georgia's athletic department through a mobile device and also cashing them at a convenience store. LeMay will be arraigned June 5 in Georgia, where he will be informed of the charges or he will enter a plea.