Monday, May 6, 2013

WE Wuz Wrong... or Wuz We?

It has come to our attention that there is another, more idiotic explanation for the UNCC Mascot, the 'FortyNiner (aka '49er) :

"...The nickname "49ers" derives from the fact that the university's predecessor—Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina (CCUNC - established in 1946) was saved from being shut down by the state in 1949 by Bonnie Cone, when the Charlotte Center became Charlotte College. Due to this "49er spirit" that Cone felt embodied the University, referring to the settlers that endured much hardships in traveling across the United States to seek fortune in the California Gold Rush, students of the fledgling UNC Charlotte chose "49ers" as the school's mascot. The fact that the site of the U.S.'s first major gold discovery, Reed's Gold Mine, is located nearby may also be a contributing factor to the nickname.  

The fact that the University's Main Campus front entrance is located on North Carolina Highway 49 is pure coincidence.

Prior to the "49ers" moniker, the athletic teams were known as the "Owls" due to CCUNC's beginnings as a night school..."  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_49ers]

Coincidence, huh? 

Why not call the new football team the Bonnie Cones? Or the Coneheads?

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