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Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Panthers hire Morrison as team president

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


The Panthers just announced the hiring of a new team president. Here's a copy of the story I just sent to our news desk:

The Carolina Panthers have named Danny Morrison as team president, a day after Mark and Jon Richardson resigned from their executive posts with the team.

Morrison, who spent the last four years as director of athletics for Texas Christian University, has deep ties to the organization. He previously worked at Wofford College, the alma mater of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and the site of the team’s training camp for the first 15 years of its existence.

“We are very familiar with Danny and he is very familiar with our organization,” Jerry Richardson said in a statement issued by the team. “He has been successful as a college administrator and commissioner and brings a business expertise and sense of community that fits the position perfectly.”

The move comes after Mark and Jon Richardson, the owner’s only sons, resigned from their posts as team and stadium presidents. The team has not given any reason for the departures, although the Richardson sons will remain part of the team’s ownership group.

The team said Morrison’s role will include business operations, Bank of America Stadium business interests and representing the team in league matters. Morris will start his new role in about a month, the team said.

“We have been blessed to be part of the TCU and Fort Worth communities for the last four years. I have had a wonderful experience working at Texas Christian with Chancellor Boschini and the entire staff at the university. Leaving is not easy, but working with Jerry Richardson and the Carolina Panthers is a tremendous opportunity,” says Morrison. “I am thrilled to be joining an organization I have followed closely since its inception. Meeting the high standards that Mr. Richardson sets is a challenge I embrace.”