Charlotte picks up home-and-home series with James Madison
by Staff Reports
CHARLOTTE -- The Charlotte 49ers have announced that they have scheduled a home-and-home series with James Madison, beginning this coming season. Charlotte will play at James Madison, this year on Sept. 21.
The Dukes will return a trip to Charlotte, Oct. 25, 2014.
The games will replace the home-and home series originally scheduled with Old Dominion.
Old Dominion cancelled its 2014 trip to Charlotte, last week. The 49ers, in turn, opted out of their trip to Norfolk, Va., the same week.
"ODU was made aware that we planned to cancel the 2013 game within days of receiving their letter cancelling our 2014 home game," said Charlotte athletic director Judy Rose. "While it is true that there were discussions in the fall of 2012 about cancelling this series, ODU was opposed, so we chose to honor the original agreement. When ODU sought to take advantage of an opportunity with Vanderbilt, however, and cancel their trip to Charlotte, we saw it in our best interest to cancel what had become, in effect, a one-and-done road game. We chose not to make a statement until after Conference USA Media Day out of respect for the Commissioner and the league. "
"As for James Madison, we are thrilled to be able to add a team of their caliber to our schedule. We were fortunate that the openings on the schedules worked out to be able to add a home-and home series in 2013 and 2014 with a program that has won a National Championship."
The schedule change
completes the 49ers' 2013 slate with six home games and five road games.
Charlotte will open its season at home vs. Campbell, Aug. 31.
The 49ers will be in action in each of the first seven weeks of their inaugural season with home games in each of the first three weeks. Charlotte's first open week will be the week of Oct. 19.
Four of the 49ers last five games will be on the road.