Charlotte 49ers, I salute you. You have been criticized by almost every constituency in the state for daring to start a football program. And now it's offiical; you have it.
Detractors constantly claim that the economy is terrible, so why would you invest in football now? But when was the economy football friendly? The expenditure was always going to be criticized.
Football is a way to introduce Charlotte, a town that often considers you peripheral, to what you have. If there's a more effective way to advertise, tell me what it is. If there's a more effective way to give graduates a reason to return to campus, what is it?
Much of the criticism supersedes the economy and the cost of football. Eliticism is at work here. The established schools in the N.C. system get to have football. Charlotte ought to be content with volleyball, perhaps.
Detractors want you to know your role.
By standing up to them, 49ers, you have shown that you do.