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49ers players meet their new coach

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UNC Charlotte men's basketball players are getting to know their new coach this week. Alan Major comes to Charlotte from Ohio State where he's been an assistant coach for six years. The 49ers have had a rough go of it lately. The team started off this past season strong, but then lost seven of its last eight games before finishing 19-12 and being bounced from the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Then last month, the university laid off the team's popular head coach Bobby Lutz. Coach Major said as he goes about building relationships he'll be sensitive to that, but he'll also push them hard. "Our goal is to be try to be that team that does the little things: gets on the floor first, dives for loose balls, takes charges, does all the little things to win," explained Major. "There's enough big things out there that can win. The teams that separate themselves are the teams that do the little things that can win and that's what we want to aspire to be." Major's press conference yesterday was packed with reporters, students and fans. He began by thanking the team for being open to a new coach. Major met with players for the first time Sunday night. He told them they are starting off with a clean slate. Sophomore guard Derrio Green said that meeting went well. "He just came in, just told us what we're going do this year, how hard we're going to work, stuff like that. I was really impressed by him," said Green. Green said he still misses Coach Lutz, but it's time to move on. Major will be making roughly the same salary as Lutz - about $225,000 a year plus incentives.