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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Richardson off competition committee

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


I know speculation and rumors are flying in Charlotte -- and all around the league -- about Tuesday’s stunning announcement that Mark and Jon Richardson have resigned as presidents with the Carolina Panthers.

But we don’t get into speculation and rumors here. I’m working the phone and will let you know if I get any definitive explanation for this move.

One bit of fact we can report here: Mark Richardson will come off the NFL’s competition committee. I just got that from a league spokesman, who said no timetable has been set for naming a replacement.

This might not seem like a big deal, but Richardson’s spot on the competition committee was a feather in his cap and a coup for the Panthers. The competition committee is very influential in league matters and those positions are valued greatly.

This will leave the Panthers without a voice in the room when potential rule changes are first debated.