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.
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