Panthers HC John Fox Officially Won't Be Back in 2011

The Carolina Panthers confirmed what many have speculated in recent weeks: head coach John Fox will be coaching his final game for the franchise on Sunday.

"I told John today that I appreciate everything he has done for us over the last nine years, but as happens in this business, it is time for both sides to move in different directions," Carolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson said in a statement released by the team.

"While we haven't accomplished all of the goals we set as an organization when we signed him in 2002, we have certainly had our share of high moments - the Super Bowl, two NFC Championship games and a division title in 2008. We wish John and his family the best going forward."

In nine seasons with the Panthers, Fox's teams have compiled a 73-70 regular season record, won three NFC South titles, and went 5-3 in the post-season, including a narrow, three-point loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

"I appreciate the opportunity Mr. Richardson gave me to be a head coach in the National Football League nine years ago and to be a part of this organization," Fox said.

"I have formed many close relationships and I have many great memories. I particularly want to thank the players for their efforts throughout the years. Working with so many great people has been a rewarding experience."

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