Panthers About To Hire Matt Rhule

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - According to a person familiar with the situation, the Carolina Panthers are completing a contract to hire Baylor's Matt Rhule as their coach. The Panthers have not spoken publicly about the coaching search.

The person says Panthers owner David Tepper visited Rhule at his home in Waco, Texas, and decided he wanted him to succeed Ron Rivera, who was fired with four games remaining in the season.

Rivera was the winningest coach in franchise history and was twice named AP NFL Coach of the Year.

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