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John Fox Out As Panthers Head Coach After Sunday's Game Against Atlanta Falcons

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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced head coach John Fox will not be retained as head coach after the end of the 2010 season. His last game will be this weekend’s NFC South battle against Carolina’s nearby rival Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons need the win to assure themselves of the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The Panthers are 2-13 and have secured the first draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Fox will leave Charlotte with a .500 record if the Panthers lose in the Georgia Dome, having put together a 73-72 mark to this point. The highlight of his tenure was a Super Bowl near-win against the New England Patriots.

Arizona Cardinals assistant Russ Grimm is the most-rumored candidate to replace Fox. Due to his many local ties, former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher had been a popular potential hire, but he may not be interested in this job if others are available.

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