Welcome to Wednesday! It’s the middle of the week, and hopefully that’s going well for you. Here’s today’s edition of the Niner NotePAD, as we take a look at Charlotte 49ers news and notes, along with some news of interest to Niner fans.
–Yesterday was the Niner men’s soccer team’s first exhibition game–it was moved from Winthrop to Transamerica Field due to field conditions at the Eagles’ home field–and Charlotte came out ahead, winning 2-0. Anthony Perez and Tyler Gibson found the net for the Niners, who outshot the Eagles 26-6. They’re back at it on Saturday night against the team from up the road, Davidson, at 7pm at Transamerica.
–One other men’s soccer note. Gibson, along with Giuseppe Gentile, were named to the Hermann Trophy watch list–basically the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in college soccer. It’s Gibson’s second straight time, while it’s Gentile’s first.
–Ten days until football, and David Scott from the Charlotte Observer examines the team’s young d-line. The presumed starters in the front three are all redshirt freshmen, and may face some growing pains in year one, but they’re ready to get going and are willing to put in the work to get better.
–N.C. Central football coach Henry Frazier III has been suspended by the team after violating a protective order. This isn’t his first time: it happened last May, after he was accused of assaulting his wife during an argument. The Niners play the Eagles at Jerry Richardson Stadium on September 14.