Wow. Judy Rose doesn’t play around.
Just a day after a case could be made that UNC-Chapel Hill’s political prowess stole an NIT bid from the Charlotte 49ers, Rose moved to fire the 49ers all-time winningest coach after failing to land in postseason play for the second consecutive season. (Link to article and conversation)
The Charlotte Observer had a few interesting quotes worth sharing:
The 49ers, beset by injuries and a last-minute transfer, finished 11-20 last year and started this season 18-5 and 8-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Charlotte lost seven of its last eight games, finishing 19-12 and failed to make the postseason.
Lutz, a Charlotte graduate, is 218-158 in 12 seasons as head coach of the 49ers. He is 399-249 overall, including a stint as head coach at Division II Pfeiffer.
“Our expectations for our program are high and our goal is to strive to be in the upper echelon of the Atlantic 10 with an opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament on a regular basis.”
The good old coaching carousel is just getting warmed up; and if you have been visiting SFN for any period of time then you know how much we love this season! As a little bit of a warm-up to this ‘season’ we opened this thread a couple of weeks ago to put a few mid-major names on your radar.
As a reminder – you could have watched Kentucky’s jettison of Billy Gillispie and ultimate hire of John Calipari last year follow the exact script laid out weeks in advance by one our longtime, well-established community members with with a reputation for being on the ‘inside’. Who knows what will rise to the surface this year.