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UNCC masters the concept of horrible timing

Another instate team that will refuse to play App StateAs noted earlier, UNC Charlotte’s leader has come out and said definitively in no uncertain terms that there is little doubt there maybemightcouldbe a football program in the 49ers’ future.

All that’s needed is roughly $5 million in private gifts. By March. No problem.

Oh, did I mention Wall Street fell down a hole yesterday? But don’t worry, that’s just the banking industry.

Wait a minute … what is Charlotte known for again? Yikes!

Oh realists of little faith.

So, yes, the fall of 2008 is a terrible time for the school on the edge of town to commit to a multi-million dollar project such as college football.

But you know what?

There will be never be a good time. Money will always be tight.

If the school doesn’t act now, it will lose the grassroots momentum generated from within, from alumni and students. And I can’t see it coming back.

About that “grassroots” movement, it can only go so far. Just ask ETSU. This past summer was an unofficial deadline for it to raise $15 million in 18 months. It didn’t, but the dream lives on.

The discrepancy between ETSU’s focus and the rest of the collegiate athletics world hit home this summer, when the university president, Dr. Paul Stanton, finally considered making changes. The primary one: moving ETSU athletic director Dave Mullins out of his position.

Stanton reportedly said ETSU’s athletics program had to be fixed, and he wanted it done before he retired. But health problems got in the way of Stanton’s big plans, eventually bringing about his decision to step down as the school’s president on March 1, 2009.

Now, ETSU’s searching for a new president. And its athletics program still hangs in limbo.

Say it with me, “Good luck with that.”

2 comments to UNCC masters the concept of horrible timing

  • Kenneth Dowdle

    A little worried? Why so negative? 5,000 PSLs sold at $1,000.00 a piece are a great deal to raise that 5 mil. We have already committed 700 PSLs in two days! This will be done, remember this is Charlotte, the Banking Capital of the South, not a little town. There are plenty of movers and shakers here.

    GO NINERS!!!!

  • Janelle Thomas

    All I can say is, "3300 PSLs and counting!" While Wachovia might be going down the tubes, Bank of America is still makin it and Charlotte is still experiencing growth(you'd have to actually LIVE here to know that).

    But thanks for the "love." We appreciate it. See you on the field in 2013!