Associated Press - November 9, 2009 12:05 PM ET
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It's thin with a touch of gray, but Bobby Lutz might as well be Tom Selleck to the group of fans that successfully coaxed the Charlotte coach to grow back his mustache.
The hope was bringing it back after a 3-year hiatus would coincide with a return to the successful days missing since Lutz went clean shaven.
With a new group of big guys and a small, but experienced point guard, it's no hairy proposition.
Buoyed by Boston College transfer Shamari Spears, highly touted freshmen Chris Braswell and K.J. Sherrill, junior college transfer Derrio Green and the return of point guard DiJuan Harris, the 49ers expect to be far better than last season's 11-20 team that was bounced in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.