It certainly did not take long for the Carolina Panthers to find a team president to replace owner Jerry Richardson’s son, did it?
Just one day (really, just 24 hours!) after the surprising resignation of his son, Mark Richardson and his brother Jon (who ran Bank of America Stadium, home of the Panthers), the elder Richardson hired former Texas Christian University athletic director Danny Morrison as the team president.
Morrison and Richardson have a long history together as Morrison was involved with the Panthers when he was the AD at Wofford College (the site of Carolina’s first training camp) back in 1995. He is expected to take over the reins by late September.
The move, besides for the surprise resignations of Richardson’s sons, comes at around the time when the elder Richardson is recovering from a heart transplant, which took place in February. Curiously enough, Mark was the logical choice to take over as owner when Jerry finally stepped down.
Morrison will definitely be working for one of the more demanding owners in the league in Richardson, although I wouldn’t call him the next al Davis just yet. Those who know Richardson know that while demanding, he simply wants the most competitive team out there, year-in, year-out. no more than any other owner within the NFL.
The learning curve for Morrison, I suspect, will be rather short, so he’s going to have to hit the ground running.