Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:15 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2010 12:19 pm

Charlotte dismisses leading scorer

Alan Major announced Tuesday that he has dismissed Shamari Spears from the Charlotte basketball team.

"It is the decision of our coaching staff that Shamari Spears and our team part ways at this time," Major said. "We want to wish him the best in his future endeavors and we will continue to move forward as a team."

Spears was suspended for a "violation of team rules" before the Nov. 27 game against Radford. The 6-foot-6 forward was averaging a team-high 17.0 points and 3.2 rebounds. He averaged 16.0 points and 5.9 rebounds last season.

Charlotte is 4-6 this season.

The 49ers play No. 7 Tennessee on Friday night.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 9, 2010 12:49 pm
Edited on: April 9, 2010 12:51 pm

Charlotte hires OSU assistant

Charlotte hired Ohio State assistant Alan Major to fill its coaching vacancy, a source confirmed Friday to CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is expected later Friday afternoon.

Major spent nine seasons as an assistant under Thad Matta -- first at Xavier, then at Ohio State. The Indianapolis native and Purdue graduate replaces Bobby Lutz, who was fired last month.
Posted on: March 15, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: March 15, 2010 11:11 am

Report: Charlotte fires Lutz

Charlotte fired coach Bobby Lutz on Monday, according to the Charlotte Observer.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Lutz led the 49ers for 12 seasons, and he's the winningest coach in school history. But Charlotte hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 2005, and the 49ers finished sixth in the Atlantic 10 this season. They were 19-12 overall. They did not receive a NIT bid.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 22, 2009 9:54 am
Edited on: October 22, 2009 9:58 am

Lutz on the hot seat? No, actually

Google the words "Bobby Lutz" and "hot seat" and you'll get nearly 100 returns.

They also appear together in various preseason magazines.

Honestly, I've implied a connection before, as well.

Such is the result of Charlotte missing the NCAA tournament each of the past four seasons after making it in five of Lutz' first seven years. It's an undeniable decline; even Lutz knows that. But a closer look at the situation suggests the North Carolina native's seat isn't nearly as hot as some assume -- unless, of course, you think Charlotte is the type of school that would or even could move a coach with five years remaining on his contract.

That's the part most don't realize.

Charlotte gave Lutz a five-year extension after the 2007-08 season, and the school added another year after last season despite an 11-20 record. Granted, that might mean nothing at a place like Kentucky, where a coach with a 10-year contract could be removed if he didn't win enough. But no A-10 school is firing a man with five years remaining on his contract, and that's why Lutz won't appear in my "Coaches on the Hot Seat" column scheduled for Monday.

"They rolled me over after a tough year because they knew we had injuries and everything," Lutz said by phone. "Without those injuries, I think we would've won 20 again. Instead we went backwards, and there's no doubt about that. But I think we're going to take another step."

That step should be the result of the quality frontcourt players Lutz has assembled. Charlotte has added Shamari Spears, a 6-foot-7 transfer who averaged 9.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game at Boston College two seasons ago. He's eligible now. The 49ers also have freshman Chris Braswell, a 6-8 former Top 100 recruit who chose Charlotte over reported offers from Xavier, Maryland, Indiana and Virginia Tech.

"We've got five big guys and none are seniors, so we've got all the big guys we're going to have for the next two years, and that's rare," Lutz said. "For the first time ever, we cannot take a post player in this class unless he's like a McDonald's All-American. So I like where we're at, and I think we're in good shape the next couple of years."
Category: NCAAB
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