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This past weekend the ACC was embarrassed in football on multiple levels. VT lost to ECU, Maryland almost lost to D1AA Delaware, NCSU is horrible, UNCCH got lucky on a few punt returns in order to beat D1AA McNeese St., Clemson was obliterated by Alabama, Wake is ranked but only beat Baylor. Basically its pathetic all around.

The ACC gets worse at football every year. It’s like how the A10 is always the mole to the Big East’s mallet. Except it is worse because the ACC gets an automatic BCS bid. Essentially every team in the SEC could win the ACC right now. Yes, I will stand by that statement.

Yet it is truly beautiful. After watching the VT v ECU game here in Charlotte with Jason Feltis, I realized that this was a golden age for UNC Charlotte to start a football team. The biggest thing in NC college football is the 3 time D1AA team that lost to LSU by about 40 points. In other words, not much to get excited about unless you love Boone, and most of the people that live there don’t even fall into that category.

With football failing across the area, the quality high school students will love the new approach the Charlotte 49ers can bring to the game. Just another reason to attend the March to the Gridiron on Sept. 16th to show UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phil Dubois that we want football! I won’t be there because I’ll be in Austria but I will definately be following it closely as I drum up 49er football support in Europe!

Representin' by you.

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After having some great prospects like Pat Calathes from St. Joe’s the A10 yet again proved why it was a poor league by landing zero of its players in the draft. Why are any of the guys in the A10 going to get a shot when no one knows who they are because of the horrible A10 TV contracts of the last few years. Hopefully our new commish will fix that.

On another note, why did the Bobcats pass up Lopez to pick yet another guard? If your rationale is having two guards on your roster, you don’t fix that by using your first round pick on him. You use your 20th pick to do that. Traditional NBA herd mentality, draft PGs because the Bulls drafted a PG. Then we traded next year’s first round pick for a guy that will take a year to develop? Sounds to me like we gave up what will be another lottery pick. I hope Larry Brown proves me wrong.

Augustin’s a great player and I’m glad to have him in Charlotte, I just don’t get why GM Michael Jordan makes the decisions he does

As posted on NinerNation.net,

Draft Day 2008

2:20 PM- Playing Poker at the Taj in AC

Bob Johnson: “I wanna put together a team that will help us relocate to Miami”
Rod Higgins: “What do ya mean? Some of these guys are furniture movers?”
MJ: “Get me a drink Rod”

3:40: draft planning @ Del Frisco

Rod Higgins: “I’ve never heard of half of these guys and the ones I do know are way past their prime”
Larry Brown: “Most of these guys never had a prime”
MJ: “This guy here is dead”
Bob Johnson: “Cross him off then”

6:50 pm- Private Dance Room-Scores

Bob Johnson: Any ideas?
MJ: On how we can get worse?
Bob Johnson: Mmmmm…
MJ: How about a series of fines for good play? Maybe a $30,000 bonus to the guy voted Least Valuable Player.
Bob Johnson… we’re coddling these guys too much. Yeah!

9:40 pm MSG

David Stern: ” with the 20th pich, the Charlotte Bobcats select PePe LePew, France

9:41 pm- Backseat of a Limo heading back to AC

MJ: “I think he’ll fit right in with our team concept.”
Larry Brown: “That reminds me, I was going to ask you. What exactly *is* our team concept?”

9:57 pm- Pay phone outside othe Taj
Larry Brown to Agent- “Can you see if the Sixers will let me have my job back”

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Tomorrow I’ll be heading to Charlotte for the Board of Trustees meeting where the first real discussion on football will occur.

What I don’t get is UNC Charlotte’s hesitation to commit to a decision. The problem is money. Obviously. We can
easily say something like, “We’re gonna do it. And now we begin our
captial campaign”

If the capital campaign falls grossly short of the goals, then we say
we can’t do it. If 8,400 students protest the fee increases then we’ll
stop the football program from going any further. But I highly doubt either of those outcomes
will actualize.

Why would a donor or business commit money to a program that might or might not happen. If we say we are going to do it and we draw up flashy pictures of stadiums, facilities, etc… that can be adorned with sponsor names we will get donations. USF started football and after they committed, the top 4 donors were people that had never previously been associated with the school. In a money town like Charlotte? The skys the limit. (Except for Wachovia…)

I’ll post more on Thursday after the meeting. I’m sure the Charlotte Observer will post more as well, more on why it is impossible. You know what UNC Charlotte thought was impossible 10 years ago? Doctoral Programs. The UNC System told us we shouldn’t do it. Dick Spangler as president of the UNC System back then said “If NC State and Chapel Hill has doctoral degrees, why should Charlotte have them?” The funding wasn’t there. We did it anyways. Defeatist attitudes never earned degrees or bowl wins.

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In this,

The following ad ran,

LOL! Go 49ers!

[via Ninernation.net]

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Even though Chaney has now retired from Temple and Calipari has moved on to lose a national championship in OT, it never hurts to remember the glory days of the Atlantic 10 basketball conference.

From the March to Madness Top 10 Embarrassing Moments in College Basketball,

The scene – In 1994 UMass beat Temple 56-55 and UMass coach John
Calipari was in the middle of his after game press conference. Temple
coach John Chaney breaks into the conference and proceeds to tell
Calipari to shut up, that the next time he sees him he will
kick his ass, that he will tell his kid to knock his fucking kid in the mouth, and finally that he will kill him. At one point the players had to hold back the coaches (now that’s a switch). I guess restraint took a holiday that day.

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Zero Degrees!!!

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There are so many things wrong with this years NCAA tourney bracket. The selection committee has increasingly become hypocritical in their method for determining at-large bids to favor bids for power-conference teams.

They say: “Hey smaller leagues, play a better non-conference schedule and we’ll consider you next year.”

So the smaller leagues do… and then quality teams like Illinois St., UMass and Dayton don’t get in.

They say: “Hey smaller leagues, do better as a conference in RPI and we’ll consider you next year.”

So the smaller leagues do… and then RPI isn’t a factor because Kansas St. gets in because Beasley needs to play OJ Mayo for ratings while Arizona State and Virginia Tech were considered bubble teams.

But the biggest problem with this years NCAA tourney is the fact that many of the quality teams from non-BCS conferences were matched up against each other in the FIRST ROUND!

South Alabama vs Butler, Davidson vs Gonzaga, Drake vs Western Kentucky, UNLV vs Kent State. 4 BCS-threatening mid-majors gone after the first round.  The seeding doesn’t even have to be changed to fix this in three of the cases. Just send the lower seeded team to a different region to face a BCS team. Then you get,

South Alabama vs WVU and Arizona vs Butler

WKU vs Clemson and Villanova vs Drake

Oregon vs UNLV and Kent St. vs Miss St.

Davidson is a little harder to swap because they should be higher than a 10 seed.

On another note, Kentucky’s Athletic Director should get investment of the year award for only spending $50k to cancel their game vs. UMass earlier this season. The Musketeers would have beaten them and likely stole their NCAA bid.

So even though Oregon, Arizona, Villanova and Kentucky got NCAA bids over deserving teams from non-BCS conferences, what is even more shocking is that the Big East is even respected as a conference by the selection committee when they use their own criteria.

I found this post on a message board from an angry Datyon fan who makes a very solid point and I simply had to re-post it here:

Originally Posted by Flyer’95 View Post
Villanova’s inclusion just sends me over the edge. I understand that dayton didn’t finish strong. I understand that. But the Big East plays the game like nobody else. Do you know how many top 50 non-con wins the entire big east conference has?Five.Read that again. As a conference, the 14 teams in the Big East beat a collective total of 5 top 50 teams in the non-conference. Total. All together. They won five.

Dayton and Xavier alone beat that many top 50 non-con teams.

The big east only beat 19 top 100 teams total in the non-conference. Yes, that’s a total. For the whole conference. Fourteen big east teams beat a grand total of 19 top 100 teams in the non conference.

We beat six top 100 teams by ourselves in the non-conference portion of the schedule.

As an entire league, they beat TWO top 25 non conference teams. That’s fourteen teams playing about 13 games each. About 182 games total. And they only won 2 non-con games against the top 25 as a conference.

Dayton beat as many non-con top 25 teams as the entire Big East.

This whole process just ****ing disgusts me. The big east continues to dodge any real challenge in the non con. They refuse to travel. They enter the conference with inflated records, and then they are rewarded for it down the stretch for beating so many ‘good’ teams. I mean, it’s a joke.

Here are all the top 100 non-con wins for the BIG EAST:

Syracuse:
Beat: #41 SJU, #64 Cornell

St. John’s
Beat: no one

Cincinnati:
Beat: #70 miami Oh

Pitt:
beat: # 75 oklahoma state, #7 Duke

South Florida
Beat: #57 Florida State, #55 UAB

Rutgers
Beat: no one

West Virginia:
beat: #88 UMBC

Marquette
Beat: #72 IUPUI, #75 ok. state, #12 Wisconsin

Notre Dame
Beat: #53 kansas state

Georgetown:
Beat: #97 american

DePaul:
Beat: no one

Providence:
Beat: #50 Temple, #35 Arkansas, #57 Florida State

Louisville:
Beat #23 UNLV, #70 Miami OH, #59 Kentucky

Seton Hall:
Beat: no one

Does anybody ever bring this up in the media? Nope. And i’m not even saying we ‘deserved’ to be in. But nova certainly did not.

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