Panthers will retain head coach Rivera

Posted Jan. 05, 2013 @ 11:53 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Panthers have decided to retain head coach Ron Rivera. The Charlotte Observer first reported it, and the team confirmed the report minutes later.

Rivera compiled records of 6-10 and 7-9 in his first two seasons but appeared to be in grave peril when the Panthers started out 3-9. But a 4-0 finish apparently was enough to convince Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to bring Rivera back for a third season.

Richardson and Rivera met Saturday during which it is believed Rivera campaigned to return. The Panthers are still undergoing change, as they have yet to settle on a replacement for GM Marty Hurney, who was fired midseason.