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Having a football team could help the fan devotion, but I believe you are going to have to fix the stigma that UNCC is a communter school first. This could be the catalyst to doing that, but in my experience with UNCC students, most seem to care more about UNC, Duke or NC State sports more than they do about their own school. That's going to be a very big hurdle to overcome.

This, but in all fairness its hard to let go of a team you have been rooting for since you were a kid. I'm a UNCC student and a fan of its athletics, especially since I have a sibling that competes for one of the teams, but I've been a die hard Duke fan for most of my life and I refuse to give that up. I usually don't wear Duke gear other than playing b-ball or something tho. 1. I don't wanna be one of those people around campus and I wanna show off my 49er pride. 2. I'm not big on wearing that kinds stuff anyway.

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The reality is it's that way for every NC school not named UNC, Duke, or State because of the history and tradition of those three schools when it comes to college basketball (throw Wake in there as well.) The only real anomalies are from ASU and ECU football which have each developed strong followings because of their success in college football, a sport which isn't ingrained into NC residents from birth like college basketball and the ACC.

and even for ASU and ECU you only see it for football.

Carolina and Duke are still who they cheer for for basketball. Even worse than at Charlotte actually because they're even worse at basketball than we are.

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UNCC will never lose the sense of it being a commuter school. It is in a large city. ECU, App, State, Duke, Chapel hill are all located in a significantly smaller areas. The only reason to really go to these areas are for the schools. There are much more reasons to be in Charlotte, and for that reason UNCC is NOT a commuter school and never will be.

It can still become a school, with some dedicated sports fans. Being the largest school in the largest city in the carolinas it's really only a matter of time.

I can tell you there are far more people sporting gear at UNCC than there was ten years ago. Also their soccer team is having great success.

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We just signed 25 guys to scholarships including taking one away from App and two that had ECU offers. Not too bad for a start up I suppose.

haha Jaquil Capel would have been at the bottom end of our recruiting class had we signed him...go ahead and think you got someone good. he was average compared to some of our signees

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