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The Panthers broke NFL rules regarding the search for a permanent head coach

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As of Tuesday evening Carolina Panthers She was violating NFL rules regarding their search for a permanent head coach, multiple sources reported to CBS Sports.

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A league executive called the Panthers Wednesday morning to remind the team that all members of its search committee will complete mandatory comprehensive recruiting training before the search begins, which he has now witnessed. Five candidates are interviewed for training.

According to sources, Nicole Tepper, the wife of Panthers owner David Tepper and Managing Director of Tepper Sports & Entertainment, has not completed the comprehensive recruitment training needed for her to participate in interviews as of Tuesday night.

“Inclusive recruitment training is a key component of our efforts to promote a fair hiring process,” Jonathan Bean, NFL senior vice president and president of Diversity and Inclusion, said in a statement. “Any suggestion that this mandatory requirement is not met by the clubs concerned will be promptly addressed and rectified.”

Following a request for comment, a team spokesperson said in a statement: “I trained before taking part in the interviews.” He did not give further details.

Multiple sources have refuted the Panthers’ statement. It is not clear if the league plans to issue any penalty to the team.

The NFL added this requirement at the league’s fall meeting in October, and earlier in the month CBS Sports reported more details on the requirements.

On December 2, the league sent a memo to all teams and it included CEOs, club presidents, coaches and general managers. In Step 1b of the memo — near the top of the page — the league instructs teams that comprehensive recruitment training is required.

“The club owner(s) and key decision makers (involved in selecting the candidate) are required to participate in comprehensive recruitment training prior to the commencement of the search,” the memo read. Please review the appendix for the list of trainers approved by the University Office. You have the option to choose any of the comprehensive recruiting trainers in the list or choose your own with the approval of the University Office.

The league then offers eight different counseling/counselor groups to conduct the mandatory training with links to how to access this information. One source said that the teams have received several emails and correspondence about the importance of all members of the search committee personally receiving the training.

Although general manager Scott Vetterer said two weeks ago that “it won’t be a big group” interviewing for the head position, the Panthers have now applied for at least a dozen coaches.

As of Thursday night, the Panthers have already interviewed Steve Wilkes, Jim Caldwell, Frank Reich, Shane Steichen, and Ijiro Eveiro.

Carolina has seen two coaching candidates remove themselves from consideration this past week. Patriots Midfielders coach Jerrod Mayo dislocated himself over the weekend as he worked to extend his contract in New England. black Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson surprisingly His name removed from consideration Tuesday night, one day before the scheduled interview. Many throughout the league considered Johnson the leading candidate for the position.

The Panthers have requested permission to interview San Francisco defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, but any potential interview is now on hold due to what a league source described as a logistical issue.

David Tipper is now looking for his third permanent head coach since buying the team in 2018. Tipper inherited Ron Rivera and fired him near the end of the 2019 season. He hired Matt Rule in 2020 before firing Rhule five weeks into the 2022 season.

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