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Quick takes: Charlotte 49ers’ Mark Price wise to hire Houston Fancher

New Charlotte 49ers head basketball coach Mark Price’s best move so far might be hiring former Appalachian State coach Houston Fancher.
New Charlotte 49ers head basketball coach Mark Price’s best move so far might be hiring former Appalachian State coach Houston Fancher. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Scott Fowler’s quick takes on the week in sports:

▪  I liked the fact that new Charlotte 49ers basketball coach Mark Price has hired Houston Fancher – the head coach at Appalachian State for nine years – as an assistant. Fancher can help Price immensely in terms of what the day-to-day job of a college coach really is.

Plus, if Price ever gets in a jam, he can call Fancher and say, “Houston, we have a problem.”

▪  Monday night’s NCAA championship game will be hard-pressed to match the extraordinary title game of 30 years ago, when Villanova edged Georgetown 66-64, beating Patrick Ewing (now a Hornets assistant). Look back at that box score sometime. Villanova was 22-for-28 from the field for the game – 79.8 percent. Unreal.

▪  Bargain of the week: The Charlotte Knights will play Davidson College on Monday in an exhibition at BB&T Ballpark. Admission to the 3:05 p.m. game is free, with the gates opening at 2 p.m. Watch a few innings, then go home and watch the national championship on TV – that’s a sweet sports day.

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