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September 23, 2009 5:15 PM

Media Ramps Up Cowher-to-Carolina Rumors

With the Panthers off to an 0-2 start and many Chicken Little types saying that the sky is falling in Carolina, the major news media has wasted no time in ramping up their "Bill Cowher will be the next coach of the Carolina Panthers" stories and rumors.

This week alone, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and the Sporting News have all featured Cowher-to-Carolina stories despite the fact that we're only two weeks into the NFL's 2009 season.

Fox NFL analyst Terry Bradshaw got the ball rolling on Sunday, saying "Bill Cowher wants to get back into the NFL and he will go to Carolina."

That statement set off the wave of stories that followed.

Such speculation is nothing new of course.  We've been hearing it since Cowher resigned as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And it's true that Bill Cowher played his college football at North Carolina State, lives in Carolina, loves the area, and wants to get back into the National Football League.

There's just one problem with the Cowher-to-Carolina stories and rumors.

The Carolina Panthers already have a coach.

And he's a pretty good one.

Considered one of the best in the league in fact.

Is it possible that John Fox will be fired?

Sure, anything's possible.

But it's not all that likely.

Just last season, Coach Fox led the Panthers to an NFC-best 12-4 record and the NFC South title.

It's natural to speculate on possible coaching changes when Super Bowl winning coaches like Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, and Mike Shanahan, among others, are out there and available.

But that's all it is.

Speculation.

And nothing more.

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