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Today on The Pulse

Oct 23, 2014 -- 1:50pm

Thursday, Bobby Rosinski & Chris Allison host from the Uptown Charlotte Studios.  On the show today: The Voice of the Clemson Tigers Don Munson (3:30) Matt Oakes (3:45) from 97.9 in Chapel-Hill on the UNC Scandal, Vinnie Iyer (4:15) from the Sporting News answers fantasy football ?'s, Charlotte Hornets F Cody Zeller (4:45), H.K. Malay (5:30) from Blowoutpicks.com, Wake Forest Head Coach Dave Clawson (6:15) & Seattle Times Seahawks writer Bob Condotta (6:30). 

 

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Hornets to bring Bobby Phills' jersey back to Charlotte

Oct 23, 2014 -- 12:54pm

The Charlotte will re-hang Bobby Phills' jersey at halftime of the November 1st home game vs Memphis.  More from a team release:

 

The Charlotte Hornets announced today that the team will honor the late Bobby Phills and re-hang his retired No. 13 jersey in a halftime ceremony during its game against Memphis on Saturday, November 1.  The jersey was originally raised to the rafters on February 9, 2000, following Phills’ passing a month earlier.

“During the process of bringing the Hornets name back to Charlotte, one of the most important elements to us was to once again honor the retired jersey of Bobby Phills,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield.  “It is our responsibility to appropriately recognize the legacy of a man who impacted so many people with his contributions both on and off the basketball court.”

The halftime ceremony, which will include members of the Phills family and several of Phills’ former Charlotte Hornets teammates, will feature a video and remarks on behalf of the family and the organization before the No. 13 jersey once again resumes its place as the lone retired number in Hornets history.

A 6-5 guard, Phills signed with the Hornets prior to the 1997-98 season and played in 133 games for the team prior to his untimely death on January 12, 2000.  He averaged 12.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.2 minutes per game during his time in Charlotte.  The nine-year NBA veteran spent his first six seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was named to the All-Defensive Second Team following the 1995-96 season

In addition to the jersey retirement, all fans in attendance will receive a Hugo bobblehead courtesy of Novant Health.  The national anthem will be performed by nationally-known jazz saxophonist Mike Phillips.

 

App State & Wake Forest agree to play home-&-home

Oct 23, 2014 -- 11:04am

App State & Wake Forest will play each in 2017 in Boone with the return trip made in 2020.  More from App State:

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University has agreed to a home-and-home football series with longtime local rival Wake Forest, the schools announced on Thursday. Appalachian State will host Wake Forest on Sept. 23, 2017 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C. before traveling to face the Demon Deacons at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sept. 12, 2020.


The 2017 home game versus the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Wake Forest will mark the first that Appalachian State has ever hosted against a team from one of college football’s five “power conferences” (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 and Southeastern Conference). 

“When our University made the decision to pursue membership in an FBS conference, this is one of the things that we envisioned — to be able to bring an opponent from one of college football’s most prestigious conferences to The Rock,” Appalachian State interim director of athletics Rick Beasley said. “To see it come to fruition is a dream come true and for it be against a longtime local rival like Wake Forest is icing on the cake.”

“I’d like to thank Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman, senior associate athletics director Mike Buddie and head coach Dave Clawson for working with us to make this series happen,” Beasley continued. “I’d also like to thank head coach Scott Satterfield, former associate athletics director Jay Sutton and Mike Flynn from our staff for their roles in putting this together as well. It was truly a team effort.”

Separated by just 88 miles, Appalachian State and Wake Forest have not met on the gridiron since 2001. The teams played 22 times between 1975-2001, all at Wake Forest, and the Demon Deacons hold a 14-7-1 advantage in the series. The Mountaineers’ six wins over WFU during a 16-game stretch from 1983-2000 were six of the seven victories that App State claimed against NCAA Division I-A/FBS opponents during its 32-year stint in Division I-AA/FCS (1982-2013).

“This series is great for both programs on several levels,” Satterfield said. “First and foremost, it’s awesome for the alumni, fans, administration, coaches and players from both schools to renew such a terrific rivalry. As a player and a coach, the Wake Forest game was a yearly highlight for me and I am glad that other coaches and players will now get to take part in the rivalry. For our program in particular, hosting an ACC program helps validate us and having Wake Forest scheduled to play at The Rock will help us right away.”

The series opener also closes out the non-conference portion of Appalachian State’s 2017 schedule. Like they will in 2016, the Mountaineers will play an all-FBS schedule in ‘17, with home games against Akron (Sept. 16) and Wake Forest (Sept. 23) and road tilts at Georgia (TBA) and UMass (Oct. 28).

Today on The Pulse

Oct 22, 2014 -- 2:44pm

Wednesday, Bobby Rosinski & Chris Allison host from the Uptown Charlotte Studios.  On the show today: App State HC Scott Satterfield (3:15) on the win over Troy, Michael Schottey (3:30) from the Bleacher Report talks NFL, Hall of Fame QB Roger Staubach (4:00) on QBs in the NFL today, Tommy Bowden (4:30) from the ACC Blitz previews the weekend ahead in the ACC & Warren Moon (4:45) previews Seahawks Panthers. Plus Bill Rosinski co-host from 4 to 6.  

 

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Knights to host White Sox

Oct 21, 2014 -- 9:08pm

The Charlotte Knights will host the Chicago White Sox in April at BB&T Ballpark.  A release from the team:

After a record-breaking inaugural season at BB&T Ballpark -- the most visited venue in Minor League Baseball in 2014 -- the Charlotte Knights will open the 2015 campaign in Uptown Charlotte with an exhibition game against their parent club, the Chicago White Sox, on Thursday, April 3 at 6:05 p.m. Charlotte Knights General Manager of Baseball Operations Scotty Brown, along with White Sox Director of Player Development Nick Capra, made the joint announcement at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday.

"This is a great way to kick off our second season at BB&T Ballpark," said Knights Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski. "We are very pleased to welcome the Chicago White Sox to Uptown Charlotte. This is an opportunity for our fans to see some former Knights who are now playing for the White Sox and to see a competitive game against our parent club.” 

The White Sox and Knights last faced off in exhibition play at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC on April 1, 2010. In all, the Knights and White Sox have played two exhibition games over the course of their 16-year affiliation. The Knights hosted the White Sox during the first season of their affiliation in 1999.

“We are very excited for the Chicago White Sox to travel to Charlotte and help open the second season of BB&T Ballpark, one of the finest facilities in Minor League Baseball,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “Charlotte is a first class city with a first-class venue and the Knights have served as an outstanding Class AAA affiliate to our major-league club since 1999.  Every spring, we explain to our roster that it takes far more than 25 men for any team to win a championship, and for the White Sox much of that talent comes through Charlotte each summer.”

Since 1999, Chicago has supplied the on-field talent to Charlotte, making it the fourth longest current affiliation agreement in the Triple-A International League behind the Pawtucket Red Sox (1973 first year with Boston), the Toledo Mud Hens (1987 first year with Detroit), and the Durham Bulls (1998 first year with Tampa Bay). The Knights and White Sox extended their affiliation for an additional six seasons on December 10, 2013. The Knights and White Sox partnership will stay intact through the 2020 season.

Panthers Release Charles Godfrey

Oct 21, 2014 -- 3:16pm

Statement from Panthers on release:

The Carolina Panthers have signed guard Chris Scott to the active roster from the practice squad and released cornerback Charles Godfrey, the team announced Tuesday.

Scott, who started eight games for the Panthers in 2013 before being released by the team in this year’s final roster cutdown, had been signed to the practice squad on Oct. 14.

Godfrey played in 82 games with 75 starts for the Panthers since being drafted by the team in third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He had played in seven games with one start for the Panthers in 2014, working as a cornerback after returning from an Achilles injury suffered last season.

“Making this move was difficult because Charles has been a large part of what we have done since I came to Carolina four years ago,” says head coach Ron Rivera. “He has always tried to do everything we have asked of him and worked extremely hard. He is an outstanding young man and we wish him the very best.”

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