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Take that Larry Fedora. N.C. State's Dave Doeren and Duke's David Cutcliffe didn't want to be outdone.

With the Charlotte 49ers beginning preseason football camp on Wednesday, here are five storylines to follow as the team prepares for its second season.

The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough.

The Charlotte 49ers were a big-play defense in 2013, finishing among the FCS leaders in most turnover categories, but the team struggled in the more mundane areas of defense.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford had plenty to smile about in Greensboro last weekend: In the space of a year, the future of the ACC was safely secured – along with a national championship in football.

The Charlotte 49ers - playing one final season as an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision independent – will play a 2014 slate dominated by FCS opposition. The 49ers head to the Football Bowl Subdivision’s Conference USA in 2015.

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