Moving: The Nugget

Dear Clt49erArchive readers. Thanks for visiting the blog! Wednesday June 18, 2013, the blog will be moving to The new site will feature several new features including image galleries, a fresh new blog, and more creative options including audio and video capabilities.

You can follow the new site on Facebook, the new Twitter account and on Pinterest.



Creating Traditions

If you don’t follow Twitter, you may miss some of the work the Charlotte 49er Football program is doing to excite the community and fans. This week there have been two football camps for two different groups of people that are introducing the program to different audiences. They are not college students, nor do you often see them on a college football field.

Throughout the week, Coach Lambert hosted the Little Niners Football camp for kids ages 7 to 13, while this Saturday, the program hosted the First Annual Charlotte Football Women’s Clinic.

Apart from exposing two different audiences to the program and sport, coaches and players have been tweeting pictures of the events all week. Creating social media buzz has helped push the program during this summer. Here are a few images tweeted by outside linebacker coach Napoleon Sykes and offensive line coach Phil Ratliff from both events.

From the Little Niners Football Camp:

From the First Annual Charlotte Football Women’s Clinic:

According to Coach Sykes, 35 women attended the clinic this year, but he encouraged more to attend next year.

The Brad Lamber Football Camps are not over. There are two more sessions for older high-school age prospects in the coming weeks.

Thursday into Friday Links

Links and Clt49erArchive News.

  • Athletic Director Judy Rose was honored this week the  Lifetime Achievement Award by the Charlotte Business Journal.
  • Green Roots will be hosting the Light Rail Crawl 3 on June 15th. Green Roots is a UNC Charlotte alumni group that helps engage the city and other Charlotte alums about the university.
  • The Charlotte 49ers Football coaching staff with hold a women’s clinic on June 15th at 9:00 am. Those attending will have an opportunity to meet and talk to the coaching staff and learn about college football.
  • When play at Old Dominion on November 16, 2013, the Charlotte 49ers Football team will be nationally broadcasted through FOX College Sports.
  • A favorite Charlotte bar, The Thirsty Beaver has claimed that the property owner is trying to push the bar out by installing a fence around the property.
  • Charlotte Men’s Soccer has released its 2013 schedule.
  • UNC Charlotte student Corbin Peters has created a twitter list of Charlotte 49ers Football players, coaches and fans to follow.
  • Atkins Library currently has an exhibit on Bonnie Cone in the facility.-expect a full post soon.

Clt49erArchive News

  • The site will be moving to a new address next week. Expect design changes, but updates will be on Twitter and Facebook.

Mr. Carroll York

On a side note, I had the opportunity to talk to Carroll York, the C.C.U.N.C Owls football player recently featured in Episode 10 of 49er Football Now. Mr. York talked about the how he was sitting in a barber’s chair when he overheard someone talking about the current football team. He mentioned that he had played for the Owls in the 1940s, and the person, surprised at first, directed him to the athletic department.

Talking about the team, Mr. York said that the team practiced at 4:00 in the afternoon before classes started, and that he believed that they used Central High School’s uniforms. He said that the team often interacted with the Central High School football players. After leaving C.C.U.N.C, York went on to Clemson University where he graduated with an engineering degree.

He mentioned that he had yet to see the episode of 49er Football Now, but he did carry around a folder with pictures from University Archives. Tom Whitestone also has an entry on The Final 49 about Mr. York.

Mr. York

A Historic Day

Tuesday Afternoon Links.

  • This morning, Jerry Richardson, founder and majority owner of the Carolina Panthers donated $10 million dollars for the naming rights to the Charlotte 49ers’ football stadium. At a press conference on the stadium concourse, Chancellor Dubois announced that the Richardson had come to both Athletic Director Judy Rose and himself about donating the money. The Richardson family also pledged to support one football scholarship in honor of their son Jon. Currently Richardson also has naming rights to the field along with former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl.
Jerry Richardson Field

Jerry Richardson Field

  • UNC Charlotte Police Chief Jeff Baker was recently names Campus Safety Director of the Year by Campus Safety Magazine.

Saturday Morning Links

Links for your enjoyment. And a bumper sticker from 1979.

I lostmy

  1. On Tuesday June 11, 2o13, Charlotte fans will finally know the name of their football stadium. The event is open to the public and will take place 11:30 am. Currently, the field is named after Hugh McColl and Jerry Richardson, while the field house is named for current Athletic Director Judy W. Rose.
  2. Charlotte Men’s Soccer recruits from The Gold Mine .
  3. Two great Flickr accounts to check out-NinerOnline and UNC Charlotte.
  4. Pick Ax Digest breaks down the 2013 Charlotte Women’s Soccer non-conference schedule.

The End and the Beginning

By the fall of 1949 C.C.U.N.C had become Charlotte College, an independent junior college in the heart of the city. Instead of being a part of the UNC Extension system, Charlotte College was under the direction of the Board of Education of the City of Charlotte. With these changes also came the end of an era. The first publication of Collegiate Life, a newsletter to for the students and faculty of the new college also informed students that there was not enough support for football. According to the notice, only 15 students attended the first practice, and that the season would be cancelled due to the lack of attendance and support.

The end of football. From Collegiate Life November 19, 1949. University Archives J.M Atkins Library

The end of CC football. From Collegiate Life November 19, 1949. University Archives J.M Atkins Library

In 1949 Charlotte College also joined the Carolinas Junior College Athletics Conference, and though CC did not have a football team, one team that was part of the conference that CC would have played was Campbell College. Campbell College had won the JCCAC conference title in 1948, though they stopped fielding a team only a year later. Regardless, UNC Charlotte will return to football when they play against Campbell University in August of 2013. Both schools have gone through the process of recently adding a team despite having one in the early 20th Century.

From Collegiate Life November 19, 1949. University Archives J.M Atkins Library

From Collegiate Life November 19, 1949. University Archives J.M Atkins Library