The Charlotte 49ers say they have hired Will Healy as their head football coach.
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James Madison coach Mike Houston informed Charlotte that he had interest in exploring other coaching opportunities, so the 49ers have pulled back their offer.
- Charlotte hires Will Healy as new head coach
- Charlotte pulls back offer to JMU coach Houston
- Charlotte moving on from first coach Lambert
- Charlotte hires Hill to serve as new AD
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Charlotte athletic director Mike Hill releases a statement that the school has withdrawn a contract offer to James Madison coach Mike Houston because Houston still plans to pursue other jobs. Houston likely will take the East Carolina job instead. Charlotte could turn to Matt Canada, Maryland's acting head coach for the past season, or other candidates for its vacancy.
Jonathan Cruz's 56-yard field goal with 25 seconds left helped Charlotte spoil any bowl chance for Florida Atlantic, beating the Owls 27-24 on Saturday night.
Charlotte will not retain Brad Lambert after this season, moving on from the only football coach the school has had.
James Morgan passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns and Napoleon Maxwell ran for 102 yards and two scores -- including a 52-yarder midway through the fourth quarter -- to help Florida International hold off Charlotte 42-35 on Saturday.
Brenden Knox ran for 116 yards and a touchdown and Marshall posted a 30-13 win against Charlotte on Saturday and became bowl eligible.
Marquez Callaway returned a punt for a touchdown and Tennessee's defense nearly pitched a shutout as the Vols defeated Charlotte 14-3 in their final nonconference game of the season Saturday.
Juwan Foggie returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown and Jonathan Cruz booted two field goals as Charlotte edged Southern Mississippi 20-17 on Saturday.
Brent Stockstill hit Ty Lee with two scoring strikes in the second quarter to give Middle Tennessee enough cushion to beat Charlotte 21-13 in Conference USA action on Saturday afternoon.
Benny LeMay had 17 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns and Charlotte used the third quarter to pull away from Western Kentucky for a 40-14 win on Saturday.