Tom Sorensen

Brad Lambert, Charlotte 49ers have been outstanding, exceeded all expectations

Charlotte 49ers football coach Brad Lambert (left) is not a typical startup coach. And his team is impressive so far in 2016.
Charlotte 49ers football coach Brad Lambert (left) is not a typical startup coach. And his team is impressive so far in 2016. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte 49ers and coach Brad Lambert have been outstanding. The program is four seasons old, little more than a toddler. In their first Conference USA game last season, the 49ers lost to Middle Tennessee State 73-14. Could have been worse; they were down 42-7 after one quarter.

A starter coach at a program rarely lasts. No matter how good he is – and Lambert clearly is good – the schedule works against him. Here’s how it often happens: Start the program, get knocked around by schools with talented upperclassmen and tradition, and get replaced.

Here’s what happened Saturday. The 49ers beat Southern Mississippi 38-27 on the road. That’s Charlotte’s signature victory. Lambert’s team is 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference. Do you know how impressive 3-2 in the conference is?

Lambert is not a starter coach. He’s a coach a school attempts to hang on to.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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