The Charlotte 49ers and Appalachian State Mountaineers finally pulled the trigger on a move that many expected would come soon.
The schools have scheduled a home-and-home series against each other beginning in 2018. Under the agreement, the Mountaineers will visit Jerry Richardson Stadium on September 8, 2018; Charlotte will head up the mountain to Boone on September 7, 2019.
It’s a move that makes perfect sense from various standpoints. The schools will both be freshly-minted members of FBS (App in 2014, Charlotte in 2015) and not much separates the two of them geographically. They’re already in the running for the same style of recruits, as well.
Both sides spoke highly of the move.
“Adding a series against an in-state opponent that has the tradition and history of Appalachian State is important to the continued growth of our program,” said Charlotte athletic director Judy Rose. “We know our fans have been looking forward to this possibility and it’s a natural step as both programs transition into FBS play.”
“We’re excited about the opportunity to play a great program from right here in our region,” added Charlotte head coach Brad Lambert. “This will be fun for our fans and I’m sure they will be excited as well.”
“The proximity of our campuses, the similarity of our schools and the familiarity that our student-athletes have with each other from the high-school level make it a natural rivalry,” said App head coach Scott Satterfield. “It will be a great series for both schools’ fans and for college football in North Carolina.”