Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cabbage named 49ers men's golf coach

Ryan Cabbage was named men's golf coach for the Charlotte 49ers.

Cabbage was an assistant at Auburn for 10 years and is a 1998 graduate of Auburn.

He played on the 1997 team that reached the NCAA championships.

- Staff reports

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Presbyterian rounds out '13 schedule

The 49ers have rounded out their inaugural football schedule in 2013 with a game at the Big South's Presbyterian on Sept. 28. The Blue Hose will return that game with a game at Charlotte on Sept. 12, 2015.

2013 schedule
Aug. 31, Campbell.
Sept. 7, Chowan; 14, N.C. Central; 21, at Old Dominion; 28, at Presbyterian.
Oct. 5, Gardner-Webb; 12, UNC Pembroke; 26, at Charleston Southern.
Nov. 2, at Coastal Carolina; 9, North Greenville; 16, at Morehead State.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

49ers to host '13 A-10 baseball tournament

-- Charlotte's Hayes Stadium will be the site of the 2013 Atlantic 10 baseball stadium, the league announced at its spring meetings earlier this week.

Charlotte has won three of the last four A-10 tournaments, including last month in Camden, N.J. Next season's tournament will be at Fordham's Houlihan Park in the Bronx, N.Y. The 2014 tournament was awarded to Saint Louis.

-- Here's how the 49ers' home/away rotation looks for men's basketball next season: Charlotte will play its usual home-and-home series with Richmond, George Washington and Xavier. Home games: Duquesne, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis, Temple. Away games: Dayton, Fordham, La Salle, Saint Joseph's. Massachusetts.

-- Five 49ers baseball players made the the N.C. Collegiate Sports Information Directors all-state team: Pitchers Tyler Barnette and Andrew Wilson, catcher Ross Steedley, infielder Shane Basen and outfielder Justin Wilson. Barnette was also named to the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate freshman all-American team.
-- Here's how the three 49ers who competed in this week's NCAA Finals Track and Field meet in Des Moines ended up: Jake Deaton was 18th in both the shot put and discus; Keara Thomas was 20th in the semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase; Darius Law was 22nd in the 400.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SoCon, Big South turn down 49ers


cs director Judy Rose said this morning that the 49ers won't be offered a football-only associate membership by either the Southern Conference or Big South.

Rose said she talked with commissioners of both leagues -- the SoCon's John Iamarino and the Big South's Kyle Kallander -- earlier this week. Rose and Chancellor Phil Dubois were part of a Charlotte group that made a presentation to the Southern Conference at its spring meetings last week.

"It has to be win-win for both us, whichever the league, and they didn't think it was for them," said Rose.

Rose said Charlotte's only other option for conference affiliation when the 49ers begin football in 2013 is the Colonial Athletic Association. Otherwise, Charlotte would be an FCS independent until it makes a move up to FBS, whenever that comes.

Rose feels strongly that the rest of Charlotte's athletic teams remain in the Atlantic 10, which doesn't sponsor football.

Rose and Charlotte chancellor Phil Dubois spoke with Southern Conference presidents and athletics directors at the league’s annual meeting last Thursday in Charleston.

“There were a lot of positives,” said Iamarino. “But we already have a very diverse membership. And the elephant in the room was the temporary nature of what their membership would be. Everybody had to think about that.”

Kallander wouldn’t comment specifically on any contact he had with Charlotte.

“We’ve had conversations with any number of institutions about potential membership,” said Kallander, whose league office is in Charlotte. “Anybody in our region would be a possibility.”

The Big South has seven football-playing schools, including Stony Brook (N.Y.), which is an associate member in football. Stony Brook is also in the league temporarily, signing a four-year contract with the Big South in 2008 and recently extending it through 2015.

Dubois acknowledges that when the 49ers’ football feasibility committee publically recommended moving up to FBS, their chances at finding a temporlary conference might have been hurt.

“We’ve got to crawl before we walk, walk before we run,” said Dubois, who added that he didn’t agree with the FBS recommendation. “The committee did an outstanding job, but we needed to say we’re going to start football as an FCS proglram and just do it the best way we can.”

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Men's soccer schedule: Tough, tougher, toughest

The 49ers' men's soccer schedule released today, and it's brutally challenging.

Charlotte faces five NCAA tournament teams from 2010, including games at national and ACC powers Virginia (Sept. 16), Maryland (Sept. 27). The 49ers also play at South Carolina on Sept. 6 and are host to UNC Greensboro on Sept. 11. Charlotte, which returns 10 starters from last season's Atlantic 10 regular-season championship team, will face league tournament winner Xavier Oct. 28 at Transamerica Field. Charlotte also plays at Clemson on Sept. 20.

The 49ers open the season Aug. 27 at Coastal Carolina. The home opener is Sept. 4 against UNC Wilmington. Charlotte opens A-10 play Oct. 7 at Massachusetts. The league tournament is Nov. 10-13 at Saint Louis.

Charlotte's preseason exhibitions are at Winthrop on Aug. 17, and home against North Carolina on Aug. 21.

"These are some of the most prestigious programs in the country," Charlotte coach Jeremy Gunn said in a statement. "Our goal here is to be one of the best programs in the nation and we challenge our players by setting up the most competitive schedule as possible."

2011 Charlotte 49ers men's soccer schedule

Aug. 17, at Winthrop (exhibition); 21, North Carolina (exhibition); 27, at Coastal Carolina.

Sept. 4, UNC Wilmington; 6, at South Carolina; 9, at Elon; 11, UNC Greensboro; 16, at Virginia; 20, at Clemson; 24,Campbell; 27, at Maryland.

Oct. 7, at Massachusetts; 9, at Rhode Island; 14, St. Bonaventure; 16, Duquesne; 21, at La Salle; 23, at Fordham; 28, Xavier; 30, Dayton.

Nov. 5, at Saint Louis; 10-13, Atlantic 10 tournament (at Saint Louis).