Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted but I just want to get a few things off my chest…
First off, I’m disappointed in myself. I renewed my season tickets this year (because I moved back to Charlotte) after I said prior to the year that I wouldn’t renew. I was fed up with Lutz and fed up with the state of the program but I still did it anyway…call it loyalty or whatever, but in retrospect, I wasted over $300. I have been a season ticket holder for 8 years now but no longer after this year.
In 1995 when we were the last team in CUSA and we didn’t have football, we missed our window of opportunity to build a football program. Now, we are in the pathetic A10 and we are getting our clocks cleaned on a regular basis in hoops. My question to all of you football supporters is simply, why? What good does it do now? We don’t have any conference options except for the Southern and that is a big step back from even the A10. Football will NOT help now, or in the future because it is too late. South Florida had the balls to build it and we did not. They are in the Big East, we are withering away.
But everyone is to blame here. The administration and athletic department have no clue, Lutz has no coaching ability, we can’t recruit any more, no one in their right mind would want to come here anyway, and most importantly, the games aren’t fun and a lot of loyal supporters (like myself) have had enough and refuse to waste time, money and energy on our sinking ship. I was as hardcore as anyone could be but let’s be honest here, the “glory” days of NCAA tourneys are a thing of the past. But what frustrates me is the lack of motivation to do anything about it.
I guess what I’m saying is that I’m sad. When I moved to Atlanta, I kept my season tickets, I was very vocal about our program and I was proud to be a Charlotte 49er. Now, because of our conference affiliation, Judy Rose, Bobby Lutz, and lack of vision in 1995, our athletic programs are simply in a state of decline and there is NO WAY OUT. It’s over because of all of these factors and anyone who says anything to the contrary is simply comatose.
For the past several years, many of you have mocked my point of view and claimed I was crazy for anticipating our fall. I was critical of Lutz and others, but now the tone of this board is like mine has always been. I will always have the university in my heart, but now I must move on and go in a different direction because our athletics are dead. I simply cannot pour my heart into it any more when it is obvious that the powers that be have not done anything to correct the situation.
So, all of this being said, a part of my life is over and I’m very sad about it. But like any other relationship, when it’s not working and you’ve done all you can, you have to move on.