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Old 01.04.2015, 12:18 PM
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The Charlotte 49ers are joining the FBS in 2015, they'll be in Conference USA. I'm not American history expert but I thought the '49 goldrush happened in California not North Carolina?
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The nickname "49ers" derives from the fact that the university's predecessor—Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina (CCUNC - established in 1946) was saved from being shut down by the state in 1949 by Bonnie Cone, when the Charlotte Center became Charlotte College. Due to this "49er spirit" that Cone felt embodied the University, referring to the settlers that endured much hardships in traveling across the United States to seek fortune in the California Gold Rush, students of the fledgling UNC Charlotte chose "49ers" as the school's mascot. The fact that the site of the U.S.'s first major gold discovery, Reed's Gold Mine, is located nearby may also be a contributing factor to the nickname. The fact that the University's Main Campus front entrance is located on North Carolina Highway 49 is pure coincidence.
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It's not necessarily about just the gold rush when they do that, like the 76ers in the NBA are about the revolution. Since it's charlotte my guess would be it involves civil rights although 49 seems early for all that.

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Old 01.04.2015, 01:08 PM
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Fair play. Still seems a bit like they couldn't think of a good name that applied to them so they made one up.
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Old 01.04.2015, 01:32 PM
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Could be worse they could of went with the Wildcats or Tigers
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Old 01.04.2015, 02:00 PM
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Could be worse they could of went with the Wildcats or Tigers
The SEC does need more teams nicknamed Tigers.
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Especially since Auburn really need to change to the Eagles or the War Eagles to make the fact that they shout it all the time make sense.
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Old 01.07.2015, 03:59 PM
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Off season lack of news prompting journos to write more realignment articles. Oklahoma president recently talking about the Big 12 getting back to 12 teams but talking about the LHN being 'the elephant in the room.' More articles in recent days about possibility of Oklahoma to the SEC and Texas to Pac-12.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2...vid_boren.html
http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...oma-big-12-sec

Can't see it. Oklahoma won't be going anywhere without Ok State and SEC would only want the Sooners. LHN is a big barrier for Texas going anywhere else.

Cincinnati and Memphis have been mentioned as possible entrants into the Big 12 but not sure they add enough $ to the pot to make it worthwhile.
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Off season lack of news prompting journos to write more realignment articles. Oklahoma president recently talking about the Big 12 getting back to 12 teams but talking about the LHN being 'the elephant in the room.' More articles in recent days about possibility of Oklahoma to the SEC and Texas to Pac-12.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2...vid_boren.html
http://www.sbnation.com/college-foot...oma-big-12-sec

Can't see it. Oklahoma won't be going anywhere without Ok State and SEC would only want the Sooners. LHN is a big barrier for Texas going anywhere else.

Cincinnati and Memphis have been mentioned as possible entrants into the Big 12 but not sure they add enough $ to the pot to make it worthwhile.
Yeah they discussed it on the Audible podcast and they summed up the four most likely candidates very well. Cincinnati, Memphis, BYU and UCF are all flawed options so none is ideal but if they want 12 teams then you pick the two you like the most which for me is UCF and Cincinnati.
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Boise State says hello! :-)
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Could be some more re-alignment in the group of five as CBS are reporting that MWC are interested in adding Rice and UTEP. Although they seem to be interested in both or neither as both are so far from the MWC base. Rice would bring a high academic standard plus a strong baseball team.

Already talk that C-USA might reach out to Eastern Kentucky from FCS if they lose teams.
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