CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - State workers have had to step in to help with a controversy involving UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte fans.
The problem stems from eight signs that UNC Chapel Hill purchased. The signs say “North Carolina Tar Heels, 2017 College Basketball, Men’s National Champions,” and are placed across the state in different areas. The school bought the signs to highlight their big win last year.
UNC Chapel Hill worked with North Carolina Department of Transportation workers to identify areas where these signs could be placed. DOT workers placed a sign in the Charlotte area on Interstate 85 North, near exit 46 for Mallard Creek Church Road, last week.
What DOT workers did not take into account was the proximity of local schools in relation to where the sign was placed. That highway exit initially selected is one of the most popular options for people to take in order to access the UNC Charlotte campus.
Days after the sign was posted, social media complaints and public outcry could not be ignored.
FOX 46 Charlotte was told UNC Charlotte faculty complained directly to state officials that the sign was too close to the campus.
As a result, the DOT has chosen to move the sign to Interstate I-77 near the South Carolina line. The original placement of the sign, DOT officials said, was an oversight. The relocation process is expected to begin this week.
UNC Charlotte officials released this official statement:
"We appreciate the North Carolina Department of Transportation's willingness to address this oversight. We are pleased that the sign will soon be moved to a more appropriate location. The reactions from so many of our alumni are no surprise at all. This is, after all, the heart of Niner Nation. Go Niners!"