With or without a new collective bargaining agreement, if the lockout remains in place by August, the Panthers would be better off staying in Charlotte for training camp, writes Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
The Panthers have held training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the past 16 years, with the two sides reaching a five-year extension of that agreement last year. “We hope they come down because we love having them. I think it’s good for Spartanburg and it’s good for South Carolina to have them train here,” Wofford athletics director Richard Johnson told the paper last week.
“But this is an aberration, and we’re going to have to do the best we can with it and hope they get it settled soon.” Unlike other teams (like the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals) that face early-to-mid July deadlines to hold training camp away from their team headquarters, the long-standing relationship between the Panthers and Wofford, where Jerry Richardson played football in the 1950s, allows for a later deadline to make a decision.
“We have such an excellent relationship with everybody at Wofford, plus with the history of having been there now for 16 years,” Panthers president Danny Morrison, a Wofford alum, said. “We have the luxury that people can move quickly and turn things around quickly.”