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In Topic: Charlotte Gets an ESPN 300 Commit

Today, 09:49 AM

TV coverage has actually improved a ton since moving to CUSA. The American Sports Network (a new OTA network started by Sinclair Broadcasting) has been huge for that. They own hundreds of stations around the country and they have broadcast 60 CUSA basketball games and they did a lot of football games this year too (including 2 for Charlotte, despite us not being in CUSA for football until the upcoming season).

 

It's still very much a fledgling concept, but the broadcast quality is high. They supposedly have big plans to grow and legitimize the network and want to offer a comprehensive OTA sports network to take advantage of cord cutters. I doubt they'll ever compete with ESPN, but I've been impressed with what they've done so far. As a company, they did $1.4 billion last year, so they don't have ESPN money, but they do have a lot of money to throw behind this effort. Most teams in CUSA had all or all but one of their games on TV last year. Not too bad. Much better than the MAC or Sun Belt got.

 

Our radio coverage is awful. We are on 610, but AM radio is a joke. I'm hopeful that we can get on the new FM sports talk radio (98.7) that just launched in Charlotte. It is the city's first FM sports station. Even if we don't, it may free up slots on one of the FM stations that UNC, NCSU, or Duke uses. We have to get off AM radio though.

 

 

Anyway, this year should be exciting for football, even though we'll probably get curb stomped. Marshall comes to town and unless their QB is terrible, they may be ranked. They have a huge fanbase in Charlotte (although not highly visible) and that game will undoubtedly be a sellout with SRO. Charlotte is the second biggest market for Marshall alums I believe. Should have a pretty big time atmosphere feel to it.

 

Our offense I think is FBS ready. We have a stud RB (not much depth though because we keep kicking guys off the team). Our WR corps has 3, 3 star receivers, one of the leading receivers in FCS last year (runs a 4.3 40), and a 3/4 star transfer from UGA (Uriah LeMay, the brother of the commit this thread is about). Defense is another story however. Defense was awful last year, but we had a lot of injuries early and no depth. We had some walkons starting. We fired the D coordinator and have some FBS transfers eligible (including Dexter Manley's nephew), so hopefully we see some big improvement there.


In Topic: Charlotte Gets an ESPN 300 Commit

Yesterday, 11:33 PM

Our students gave great support or many years in basketball. 10 years of suck though has taken its toll. The current coach has effectively killed the program. He has been a complete disaster. There is virtually no chance the staff is retained fortunately.

 

For years though, basically from the mid to late 90's to the 08-09 or so, we were in the top 25% of college basketball for student attendance.

 

It's asking a lot of people to watch a program that hasn't been fun to watch for years. Honestly, people supported the program for way longer than I expected and every year students surprise me at the beginning of the season by supporting the team, but at this point I can't blame them for bailing.

 

The AD deserves to lose her job, but it'll never happen. The basketball arena is named after a close friend of hers. That same person paid $2.5 million to name the football field house after the AD. Judy Rose is 63 years old with >30 years in the UNC system. She will probably retire in the next two years.

 

I still have hope for our basketball program. We have two of the best freshmen in Conference USA in Torin Dorn and Keyshawn Woods. We have a top 100 4 star recruit (247 sports) committed for next year. We return some other talented players as well. Our coaching staff is just terrible though. The right coach can win with our roster. We have played toe to toe with very good teams over the years, but they just can't seem to get over the hump. We overperform OOC most years, then tank in conference play.

 

In his time at Charlotte, Major has beaten programs like UT (ranked #7 at the time), Michigan (#12 I think), Butler (#10 or so at the time), Georgia Tech, Kansas State, South Carolina, Penn State, Xavier, and probably a few others that I'm forgetting, yet they've NEVER had a winning conference record. It's pathetic.

 

The reason I have reserved expectations for football is because college football has far too much disparity. It simply isn't realistic to expect to be relevant at the national level with any consistency in a conference like Conference USA. Can we have good seasons sometimes? Absolutely. Getting ranked from CUSA isn't impossible, but competing for a national championship or even a BCS bowl game is virtually impossible.

 

Charlotte has tons of basketball and football talent. The basketball team has done a good job either signing that talent out of high school or bringing them back as transfers the last 5 years. Lutz failed big time at keeping Charlotte talent in the city (with Curtis Withers being a major exception). Major has done well there, but he's a terrible coach.

 

I hope football can continue to get big time Charlotte players. We turned down a 4 star QB transfer from Tennessee this past season. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of that decision, but nobody else took him either, so there must have been some serious issues going on with that kid.


In Topic: Charlotte Gets an ESPN 300 Commit

Yesterday, 08:46 PM

Just poking fun in a way, but if UNCC wants to get a program as big as app or ecu anytime soon they need to start trying there hardest get those recruits. UNC knows Charlotte is a good area for talent and so does the rest of the state. Charlotte is becoming a big school in the state and needs the program to step up and not settle for mediocrity.

We will never have a program as big as ECU's. ECU has better support than most teams in power conferences not named the SEC.

 

A player of LeMay's caliber though would be even a big get for ECU.


In Topic: FCC's "Net Neutrality" introduced to highly regulate the internet

25 February 2015 - 09:11 PM

Yeah this needs to be stopped. Keep the Internet free and Unbias. Just like it should be.

That's what the intent of the bill is supposed to be. Who knows if it actually is.

 

It's the ISPs that don't want the internet to be free and unbiased.

 

In reality, this should be a 1 page bill thay says "All data being transmitted on the internet should be treated equally, regardless of the source of that data. A byte of data is a byte of data whether it is text, audio, or video"


In Topic: With more snow on the way, just a friendly reminder

24 February 2015 - 05:09 PM

90% chance Wednesday night for the Piedmont... 2-4 inches, we shut down now, fug.

I'm seeing 4-6 with a 100% chance now.

 

I'm in the 28204 zip code, not sure where you are, so that could be the difference.