Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin spent Saturday at Charlotte, where the 49ers played host to North Carolina Central. Charlotte, which played its first game two weeks ago and was 2-0 entering Saturday, suffered a 40-13 loss, the first in team history.
The idea to bring Division I-A football to Charlotte was hatched in 2006. The school's Board of Trustees signed off on the proposal in 2008, and after building a 15,300-seat stadium at a cost of nearly $41 million, the team took the field on Aug. 31 and beat Campbell, 52-7.
Charlotte is competing as a Division I-AA independent this season and next. It will join Conference USA in 2015 and become bowl eligible in 2016.
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