By CLTure News
August 8, 2020
While college athletics and academic schedules are mostly in limbo across the country, the Charlotte 49ers have announced their 2020 football schedule this week and have added the 19th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels for a non-conference match-up on September 19 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.
“This is another exciting match-up for our football program and one that we know our team and fans eagerly anticipate,” said 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill in a statement released on Charlotte49ers.com. “It has been a challenge to reconfigure this season’s schedule, and we appreciate Bubba Cunningham, Mack Brown, and Rick Steinbacher working with us to make it happen. It’s a great game for the state of North Carolina and another fantastic opportunity for the Niners.”
The 49ers announced earlier in the week their non-conference game at Duke will be moved to October 31, and the addition of the UNC game now gives Charlotte the unique opportunity to play a pair of traditional ACC teams in 2020.
“It’s a game that I know our fans will be really excited about,” head coach Will Healy added. “We were already looking forward to this series starting in 2024, so now we just won’t have to wait as long. You knew Coach Brown would get that program going again, and they already have as much momentum as just about any team in the country. That staff has done a great job.”
Entering their eighth year and sixth at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA, the 49ers advanced to their first bowl game last year under first-year head coach Will Healy, finishing 7-6 with a 5-3 mark in the conference.
The 49ers will also have a home-and-home series with UNC scheduled for 2024/2025, and Duke will travel to Charlotte for the 2021 season opener on Sept. 4.