Alan Barnwell, the Charlotte 49ers' second-leading rusher last season, is one of three players who have been dismissed from the team for violating team rules, along with linebackers Kendal Parker and Terry Caldwell.
Safety Kariym Gent has also left the team.
Caldwell was Charlotte's fifth-leading tackler with 55. He also had 2.0 sacks and recovered two fumbles.
In other news, assistant coach John Russell has left the program to pursue other professional opportunities.
-- And game times have been set for the 2014 season:
Aug. 28, at Campbell, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6, Johnson C. Smith, noon; 13, at N.C. Central, 5 p.m.; 20, at Elon, 1:30 p.m.; 27, Charleston Southern, noon.
Oct. 4, at Gardner-Webb, 1:30 p.m.; 11, at The Citadel, 2 p.m.; 25, James Madison, noon.
Nov. 8, Coastal Carolina, noon; 15, Wesley (Del.), noon; 22, Morehead State, noon.
-- The 49ers' Judy Rose is a finalist for the Sports Bu
siness Journal athletics director of the year award, joining Duke's Kevin White, Missouri's Mike Alden, Arizona's Greg Byrne and Washington's Scott Woodward. Rose is the only finalist who is not from a Bowl Championship Subdivision school (Charlotte joins Conference USA in football in 2015).
-- 49ers women's basketball player Gabby Tyler has decided to forego her final season of eligibility. Tyler, a forward who graduated in 2013, missed the 2012-13 season due to a concussion. She averaged 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds last season.
-- Charlotte's Franco Castro is playing in the NCAA golf Raleigh regional beginning Thursday at Lonnie Poole Golf Club. Castro led the 49ers with 16 rounds under par this season. Charlotte, which finished fourth in the recent Conference USA tournament, missed the NCAA tournament as a team for the first time since 2004.
-- Conference USA's 2014 women's soccer tournament will be held Nov. 5-9 at Charlotte's Transamerica Field. Other C-USA championship sites/dates: http://www.conferenceusa.com/genrel/051414aaa.html