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.