Basketball

Sun. Headlines: NC Teacher Pay Improves

Mar 22, 2015

The latest public school teacher pay rankings show North Carolina still below the national average, but making improvement after raises were approved last summer. 

The new National Education Association report showed North Carolina ranked 47th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia during the 2013-14 school year in average teacher pay, at almost $45,000. The NEA's average pay estimate this year for North Carolina is about $47,800, compared to the national average of about $57,400.

davidsonwildcats.com

The Davidson Wildcats take on the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday evening in the men’s college basketball tournament. After the team moved into a tough, new conference, it wasn’t expected to have a very good season, let alone make the Big Dance. But you could say it was a calculated move.


Major Out As Head Coach Of 49ers Men's Basketball

Mar 16, 2015
Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Alan Major’s five-year run as the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball coach ended Sunday when he and the school agreed to mutually part ways.

The 49ers were 75-81 during the tenure of Major, who has taken two medical leaves of absence over the past year. His second leave began in January, with the 49ers finishing the season 14-18 under interim coach Ryan Odom.

Commentary: March Madness Has Perfect Timing

Mar 20, 2014

It seems almost inappropriate that March Madness take center stage while the world looks for an airplane and the Ukraine is missing part of herself.  According to the American calendar, March Madness has begun.  Allow me to point out that March Madness has arrived this year at just the right moment.

CIAA Moves To Charlotte (and keeps tournament here)

Mar 3, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), an athletic conference of historically black colleges and universities, just wrapped up its ninth basketball tournament this weekend in Charlotte. There was some question whether it would have a tenth year in the city, but CIAA officials said Monday the tournament is staying put. 

The CIAA's contract expired with the city this year and CIAA officials were looking at other cities for a better deal. On Monday, CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said Charlotte was able to offer one. 

Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer

DAVIDSON Bob McKillop will begin his 25th season as basketball coach at Davidson on Friday night when his Wildcats play at Duke.

Most of those seasons McKillop, 63, works outside the spotlight, which is unfortunate because he loves the spotlight and looks good in it. If a white hair on his head is out of place, he probably makes it run a lap. One of the biggest surprises at a Davidson practice in Belk Arena last week was that McKillop didn’t wear a suit.

Robert Willett / News and Observer

CHAPEL HILL North Carolina will start the season without P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald, the school announced on Thursday before coach Roy Williams’ first regularly-scheduled press conference of the season.

It’s not a surprise that Hairston and McDonald, a pair of guards, will miss the season-opener on Friday night against Oakland. The NCAA is investigating both players in separate cases that likely involve impermissible benefits.

49ers Move On After Wild Rally Against Richmond

Mar 15, 2013

NEW YORK Trailing Richmond by three points with 4.7 seconds remaining in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday, the Charlotte 49ers needed something unlikely to happen.

“Unlikely” is what happened, but that doesn’t begin to describe it.

The 49ers took advantage of three late technical fouls against the Spiders and some deadeye free-throw shooting from point guard Pierria Henry. They scored eight points in those final seconds and came away with a 68-63 victory at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.