Alan Barnwell, the Charlotte 49ers second-leading rusher last season, was dismissed from the football team for violating team rules, along with linebackers Kendal Parker and Terry Caldwell, a school spokesman announced.
Safety Kariym Gent also left the team.
Barnwell had been suspended since January, when he was charged with driving with a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia. He rushed for 636 yards and scored five touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman.
Caldwell was Charlottes fifth-leading tackler with 55. He also had two sacks and recovered two fumbles.
In other news:
• Assistant football coach John Russell left the program to pursue other professional opportunities.
• Franco Castro will play in the NCAA golf Raleigh regional beginning Thursday at Lonnie Poole Golf Club. Castro led the 49ers with 16 rounds under par this season. Charlotte, which finished fourth in the recent Conference USA tournament, missed the NCAA tournament as a team for the first time since 2004.
• The 49ers Judy Rose is a finalist for the Sports Business Journal athletics director of the year award, joining Dukes Kevin White, Missouris Mike Alden, Arizonas Greg Byrne and Washingtons Scott Woodward.
Rose is the only finalist who is not from a Bowl Championship Subdivision school. Charlotte will join Conference USA in football in 2015.
• Womens basketball player Gabby Tyler decided to forgo her final season of eligibility. Tyler, a forward who graduated in 2013, missed the 2012-13 season because of a concussion. She averaged 12 points and 7.7 rebounds last season.
• Conference USAs 2014 womens soccer tournament will be held Nov. 5-9 at Charlottes Transamerica Field.
• Game times for the 2014 football season:
Aug. 28, at Campbell, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6, Johnson C. Smith, noon; 13, at N.C. Central, 5 p.m.; 20, at Elon, 1:30 p.m.; 27, Charleston Southern, noon.
Oct. 4, at Gardner-Webb, 1:30 p.m.; 11, at The Citadel, 2 p.m.; 25, James Madison, noon.
Nov. 8, Coastal Carolina, noon; 15, Wesley (Del.), noon; 22, Morehead State, noon.
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