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Chattanooga’s Will Wade interviewing with Charlotte 49ers Thursday

Chattanooga basketball coach Will Wade is interviewing for the Charlotte 49ers’ head coaching job on Thursday, a source tells The Observer.
Chattanooga basketball coach Will Wade is interviewing for the Charlotte 49ers’ head coaching job on Thursday, a source tells The Observer. Getty Images

Chattanooga basketball coach Will Wade is in Charlotte on Thursday interviewing for the vacant Charlotte 49ers coaching position, a source confirmed to the Observer.

Wade has a two-year record of 40-25 with the Mocs, including 22-10 last season. Wade attended Clemson and was a Tigers student manager, graduate assistant and director of basketball operations. His first coaching position came as an assistant at Harvard in 2007, before moving to Virginia Commonwealth in 2009 and helping the Rams to the Final Four in 2011.

The 49ers and fifth-year coach Alan Major parted ways Sunday.

Whomever the 49ers hire, the new coach will be without one of Charlotte’s leading rebounders over the past three seasons.

Junior forward Willie Clayton has been granted a release and will transfer, sources told to the Observer on Wednesday. Clayton, who averaged 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds last season, started 85 games in his three years with the 49ers.

Center Mike Thorne, who reportedly will transfer after he graduates in the spring and play his fifth season of eligibility elsewhere, hasn’t been granted his release yet.

The departures of Clayton and (possibly) Thorne would bring to six the number of players recruited by Major who have transferred over the past three offseasons.

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