Tuesday, February 20, 2007

UNCC studies adding I-AA football


UMass' basketball foe from the A10, UNCC is considering adding I-AA football.

NCAA regulations require schools with DI basketball to play I-A or I-AA football.

North Carolina is a hotbed of high school football, so the 49ers could recruit. The article states that UNCC has 21,000 students. I-AA football certainly feasible.

Now can some basketball trivia fan tell me how UNCC's nickname became "the 49ers"? What does a team from North Carolina have to do with the California gold rush?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

From wikipedia...

Charlotte's team nickname is 49ers; this nickname was adopted by the students to acknowledge that the school was almost closed in 1949. Of course, the term "49ers" is widely understood to reference gold miners who participated in the California gold rush of 1849 (hence, the San Francisco 49ers). It is odd that UNCC's mascot has little connection with the history of the school or the geographic area in which the school sits. Although North Carolina led the nation in gold production until surpassed by California and then Alaska, North Carolina's gold rush occurred decades before 1849.

Also, it is often erroneously believed that the nickname is derived from the campus's location on N.C. Highway 49; however, this is merely a coincidence and the highway is not the reason for the namesake. The school's mascot is "Norm the Niner," an old goldminer. Norm is depicted in statue form near the front entrance of the main campus (a replica of this statue can be seen in the above photograph with Cone). The 49er fanbase is referred to as "Niner Nation".

UMass74 said...

Thanks Anonymous.

The pick in the logo threw me. It looks like it is intended to be associated with the California 49ers of the Gold Rush. I could not figure how Charlotte NC was connected...

derek said...

being from close to there... although the nc gold rush was closer to 1749 than 1849 and thus the moniker not making much sense, the state largest gold mine by far and the start of the nc mining industry is within a rock throwing distance of Charlotte. I'm fairly certian that the mascot came from the local lore surrounding the Reed family and the gold mines close to Charlotte.