Good morning Niner Nation, and welcome to another edition of the Niner NotePAD–a helping of Charlotte 49ers news and notes! The NotePAD has taken the past few days off, but it’s time to crack it open again as we’re now just four days away from kickoff. Here’s what we have for you this Tuesday.
–We start with football, as the Charlotte Observer‘s David Scott takes a look at the well-traveled Martay Mattox. The safety/kick returner, of course, was recruited out of high school by South Carolina. After running into some academic issues and ultimately leaving the school, he ended up in JUCO before finding a home with the 49ers.
–More football news as a change has been made to the student ticket lottery. The claim period has begun, and 7,400 students will find out if their ticket request has been accepted or denied. For the 100 that didn’t make the cut, once the initial claim period ends, a second lottery will be held, but preference will be given to those with the most Niner Nation loyalty points. In other words, those who have supported the school’s athletic teams in the past get a better shot at getting one of the 100 tickets. It’s a departure from the original plan to go to a straight lottery system for all 7,500 student tickets while leaving loyalty points out of the equation–and the majority of Niner Nation Gold members like the idea from what I’ve seen.
–Of course, former Carolina Panther Mike Minter is the head coach of the Camels; Minter lobbied for the Charlotte job shortly after the school announced it was adding football. The Fayetteville Observer‘s Bret Strelow details Minter’s journey to Campbell, and asks if he holds any bitterness toward the school for turning him down.
–One more football link: Richard Walker from the Gaston Gazette chats with safety Cortezz Nixon and punter Brandon Strupp and gets their thoughts on starting their college football careers over. Nixon spent a year at Lenoir-Rhyne while Strupp played for Concord (WV).
–Some basketball news now, and, unfortunately, it is conduct-related. Details aren’t clear yet, but Shawn Lester and Terrence Williams were arrested for trespassing a few days ago, according to the Observer, and are set for a trial date in October. It’s another strike against Lester, who was ruled academically ineligible before the 2012-13 season.
–Finally, women’s soccer–as Alex Kubrick was named Conference USA’s defensive player of the week after recording back-to-back shutouts against Liberty (on Friday) and UNC Wilmington (on Sunday). They look to go 3-0 to start the 2013 season as they host Gardner-Webb tonight at 7pm.