CHARLOTTE'S 71-67 victory against Butler Wednesday was the signature victory in Alan Major's three seasons with the 49ers. If you beat Butler -- that would be 11th-ranked Butler -- on the road you did something.
I don't know how good the 49ers are. Fans don't either, as attendance at Halton Arena attests. Charlotte has played a tepid non-conference schedule, understandable after the dearth of victories in Major's first two seasons.
But they do play defense, and if they score a little they have a chance against most teams.The quality they lack is a star they can go to in a tight game.
Some victories are catalysts. A team feels different about itself when it leaves the court than it did when it walked onto it. Perhaps this is one of them.
NEW YORk will have fun with the Super Bowl. But putting the game that far north is a misake. Putting the game in Charlotte would be a mistake. If I ran the NFL, I'd treat the Super Bowl as a reward. Sunshine in early February is a reward.
I've attended 10 Super Bowls, the best of them in San Diego. I'd move the game among San Diego, New Orleans and Miami. No more Jacksonville, no more Atlanta and never New York.
LASTLY, can you envision the Miami Hurricanes winning the NCAA men's basketball championship? And if not, why not?