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UNCC Football, RIP

The dream is over. The small window that existed to hike student fees and start a football team as opposed to hike student fees and not have football has closed. UNCC will almost certainly have to increase student fees — the primary funding source for existing athletic programs — in the next year or two. Once that happens, hiking them again to pay for football will be a non-starter.

The root cause of UNCC’s poor fiscal situation is its affiliation with the A10. AD Judy Rose freaked and jumped into the arms of exactly the wrong conference for Charlotte’s growing campus. How Rose continues to escape criticism on this point is a great CLT media mystery. But at least MeckDeck readers have known the truth lo these many years.

Along those lines, UNCC football now mostly serves Rose and Phil Dubois as a handy distraction away from sad state of men’s basketball, the 49ers lone “revenue” sport. Remember Bobby Lutz going “all in” in advance of another dismal 11-20 season? Didn’t think so. UNCC has not been to the NCAAs in five years and has had losing records in 2 of the past 3 seasons. Fans are pretty much banking on a return to the tourney based on a couple decent recruiting classes by Lutz. But should these expectations be dashed by a tough A10 sked, look out below.

7 Responses to “UNCC Football, RIP”

  • May
    30
    2009

    Tough A10 sked? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

  • May
    30
    2009

    Well, it is not for UNCC. And that is the problem. The A10 is guard dominated league, the tough-as-nails Philly variety more times than not. Lutz’s chuk-a-luck, no defense mode is ill-suited for a grind-it-out league.

  • May
    30
    2009

    If Rose is such a great AD why doesn’t her name ever come up when there’s a vacancy at a major school?

  • May
    31
    2009

    UNCC is and will always be a glorified commuter college. I say this with a UNCC masters sitting behind my bookshelf still unframed.

  • May
    31
    2009

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  • May
    31
    2009

    Glad you said that, RobM. Allows me to point out that during the recent economic meltdown, UNCC has responded by accepting just about anyone into their master’s programs — or so aghast UNCC insiders have told me.

  • Jun
    05
    2009

    So what conference was the right conference for UNC Charlotte to jump into the arms of? I hear from many that we should have never joined the A-10 but never hear of a better option that was workable. Staying in C-USA would not have been a wise choice.

    As far as student fees go, you don’t think a university would hike them two years in a row? Did you go to college?

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