VCU-CHARLOTTE, AN OVERDUE ENCORE

Leave a comment

NorthCarolinaUOf-Charlotte_ATHPMK01a_1946-1999_SCC_SRGBNice to see you again, old friend.

While VCU’s more youthful fans may be unaware, the Rams share a bond with Charlotte that few other rivals can match. When the Rams and 49ers meet on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Charlotte, it will be the first game between the two since Dec. 7, 1995, back when the schools were more recognizable as UNC Charlotte and Virginia Commonwealth (or the dreaded Va. Commonwealth). Rebrandings aside, that’s plenty of time for people to forget the battles these two schools waged in both the Sun Belt and Metro Conferences. In fact, Charlotte is the only school VCU has shared three conferences with.

From 1977-1995, VCU and Charlotte met 41 times, with the Rams earning a 26-15 edge in the series. Between 1980-1988, one of these schools ended the other’s Sun Belt Championship hopes in the league tournament five times. The most famous of those meetings was a March 7, 1988 clash in the Sun Belt Championship Game (the only time these two met for a title), won 81-79 by Charlotte at the Richmond Coliseum.

More

Q&A WITH RAM RADIO ANALYST MIKE LITOS

1 Comment

Mike Litos joins Ram Radio as color analyst for the 2012-13.

VCU alumnus, CAAHoops.com founder and bocce enthusiast Mike Litos (@VCULitos) will join the VCU Ram Radio broadcast team for the 2012-13 season as color analyst. He’ll join play-by-play voice (and former child acting star) Robby Robinson to bring VCU Men’s Basketball into your living room (and car, and mobile device, etc.).

I recently caught up with Litos to get some answers to the questions that are burning up Ram Nation right now, such as, “Would you be supportive of a Wham! reunion?”
CK: A select few get to come back to their alma mater and put in a position like this. How exciting is this opportunity for you, as a long-time fan?

ML: I’m rarely at a loss for words, lots of them, but I’m still having a difficult time articulating how exciting this opportunity is for me. I will say it’s extremely humbling to even be considered…we’ve got incredible momentum as an athletics department and a university, so to become a bigger part of that is thrilling. I very much look forward to digging in and contributing where I can.

CK: Your predecessor, Mike Ellis, was known for his knowledge of Xs and Ox, his stories and his undying devotion to officiating. What can fans expect when they turn the dial to listen to the game this year?
ML: It’s possible I’ve given aid to an official who, shall we say, may have erred in his interpretation of the rules. I’ll continue to help out the zebras. But really what people can expect is an answer to the question why. My goal is to be invisible. What I mean is that the radio audience gets a mental picture of what’s occurring on the court. Robby does a great job explaining what’s happening; my job is to depict what’s happening that impacts what Robby is describing.

More

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,635 other followers

%d bloggers like this: