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Next Panthers Coach: No Jim Harbaugh, Likely NFL Assistant, According To Jerry Richardson

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson took some questions from the media today, addressing the team’s head coaching search. Richardson said the team has had no contact with Stanford Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh, who’s rumored to be in the running for at least two NFL jobs after reportedly crossing the Michigan Wolverines off his list.

The Panthers are expected to draft Stanford QB Andrew Luck No. 1 in the 2011 draft, and many have expressed how cute it would be if Carolina could import a package deal. They’ll also need to import several offensive linemen. Moving on.

Richardson mentioned “an up-and-coming assistant coach” as being his primary field of interest. (Hey, might that include current Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey? If you can’t beat ’em…)

Richardson also addressed financial concerns — boosting an assistant will certainly be cheaper than it would be to hire, say, Bill Cowher. The only major rumor as far as Carolina’s coaching quest goes is the team’s supposed interest in Cardinals assistant Russ Grimm. Hey, an assistant!

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