Don't look for the Charlotte 49ers to play Mecklenburg County rival Davidson in the 49ers' first football season of 2013.
The Wildcats' schedule has already been finalized and the 49ers aren't on it. So unless Davidson pulls a Tennessee (which recently begged out of a contract with North Carolina) with somebody, we'll have to wait a while longer for a 49ers-Wildcats game.
Davidson athletics director Jim Murphy said Tuesday that Charlotte hasn't contacted him about scheduling a football game. Charlotte AD Judy Rose won't comment on who she's trying to schedule but has said she wants the first game - which will probably be Aug. 31, 2013 - to be at home.
Said Murphy, whose NCAA Football Championship Subdivision football program doesn't have scholarships: "We'd be interested in the near term, but based on the number of scholarships they're going to give, not in the long term."
Charlotte plans to start as an FCS (formerly Division I-AA) program, then move into the Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A). FCS programs can have as many as 63 scholarships; FBS 85.
Morehead State is still the only opponent the 49ers have announced. Expect news of more games to be released soon, though.
Here's a list of first-season schedules for FCS teams that have recently started programs. Remember, at least half Charlotte's schedule must include Division I teams (doesn't matter if they're FBS or FCS):
OLD DOMINION (2009, includes results of the Monarchs' 9-2 season): at Virginia Military (FCS), 42-35 W; N.C. Central (FCS), 42-28 W; Georgetown (FCS), 31-10 W; at Savannah State (FCS), 38-17 W; Campbell (FCS), 28-17 W; Presbyterian (FCS), 34-16 W; at Fordham (FCS), 34-29 L; Monmouth (FCS), 31-28 L; Jacksonville (FCS), 28-27 W; Virginia Union (Div. II), 49-17 W; Chowan (Div. II), 36-21 W.
SOUTH ALABAMA (first full season; unclassified this year; plans on moving to FBS): Pikeville, Ky. (NAIA); Nicholls State (FCS); Edward Waters, Fla. (NAIA Div. II); Kentucky Wesleyan (Div. II); Missouri S&T (Div. II); at Lamar (FCS); at UC Davis (FCS); Georgia State (FCS); Henderson (Ark.) State (Div. II); Ark.-Monticello (Div. II).
GEORGIA STATE (2010): Shorter, Ga. (NAIA); Lambuth, Tenn. (NAIA); Jacksonville State (FCS); at Campbell (FCS); Morehead State (FCS); Savannah State (FCS); N.C. Central (FCS); at Old Dominion (FCS); at South Alabama (FCS); Lamar (FCS); at Alabama (FBS).
LAMAR (2010): at McNeese State (FCS); Webber International, Fla. (NAIA); at Southeastern Louisiana (FCS); at Stephen F. Austin (FCS); Sam Houston State (FCS); Langston, Okla. (NAIA); South Alabama (FCS); at North Dakota (FCS); at Georgia State (FCS); South Dakota (FCS); Oklahoma Panhandle State (Div. II).
TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO (2011): Northeastern (Okla.) State (Div. II); McMurry, Texas (Div. III); at Southern Utah (FCS); Bacone, Okla. (NAIA); at Sam Houston State (FCS); South Alabama (FCS); at UC Davis (FCS); at Northwestern State (FCS); Georgia State (FCS); at McNeese State (FCS); Minot (N.D.) State (NAIA).