Charlotte 49ers football coach Brad Lambert has completed his coaching staff as he hired four assistant coaches Monday. Drew Dayton (inside linebackers), Damien Gary (running backs), Johnson Richardson (tight ends) and John Russell (secondary assistant) will join Lambert's now 10-man staff. The 49ers will play their first season of football in
Dayton, a former Wake Forest defensive back, has been Duke's defensive quality control coordinator. He was also a graduate assistant for the Blue Devils and was an assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne from 2003-06; Gary is Georgia's all-time leading punt returner in returns (114) and yards (1,253) and played on the Bulldogs' 2002 Sugar Bowl-winning team. He's been Mars Hill's receivers coach the past two years and was an assistant at Clarke Central (Athens, Ga.) High from 2005-10. He was
a college teammate of 49ers assistant Joe Tereshinski when Lambert was an assistant at Georgia.
Richardson, grandson of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson , is a former Wofford tight end who has been an assistant at Wingate since 2010. He's also a former sideline and equipment assistant for the Panthers; Russell, a former Wake Forest linebacker, was one of the top linebackers in the ACC and helped the Deacons to the 2006 league championship and a berth in the Orange Bowl. He was a graduate assistant at Duke last season.
The final four assistants join a staff that already includes offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen , defensive coordinator Bruce Tall , offensive line coach Phil Ratliff , secondary coach James Adams , linebackers coach Napolean Sykes and inside receivers coach Tereshinski.
The 49ers, who will join Conference-USA as a football-only member school in 2015, will officially start playing football on August 31 at home against Campbell.
2013 SCHEDULE (10 games so far)
Aug. 31 Campbell
Sept. 7 Chowan
Sept. 14 North Carolina Central
Sept. 21 at Old Dominion
Oct. 5 Gardner-Webb
Oct. 12 UNC Pembroke
Oct. 26 at Charleston Southern
Nov. 2 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 9 North Greenville
Nov. 23 at Morehead State
2014 SCHEDULE (seven games so far)
Sept. 6 Old Dominion
Sept. 13 at North Carolina Central
Sept. 27 Charleston Southern
Oct. 4 at Gardner-Webb.
Nov. 8 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 15 at Furman
Nov. 22 Morehead State
BOISE STATE LEAVES MWC
Boise State University has formally withdraw from the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos, who officially announced their move on Saturday, sent the required withdrawal letter to the MWC and its 10 current member schools shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, two hours ahead of the 11:59 p.m. MDT deadline needed for Boise State to avoid further withdrawal penalties
if it wished to make 2012-13 its final season in the Mountain West.
Boise State accepted an invitation in December to join the Big East Conference for football only, beginning with the 2013 season. In order to leave the Mountain West for a $2.5 million loss in future revenue, Boise State had to withdraw by the end of the day Saturday. Otherwise the Broncos would have lost at least an additional $5 million in future revenue, and possibly much more if a Mountain West team made a BCS bowl in 2012.
The Western Athletic Conference is the current destination for Boise State’s non-football sports in 2013, but questions over the conference’s long-term viability has the Broncos also talking to the Big West Conference. The University of Nevada joined the MWC Saturday, and Texas Christian officially joined the Biig 12 Conference Monday.