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Fanfare: Reich Introduced as Carolina Panthers’ New Head Coach

Carolina Panthers new head coach Frank Reich speaks to the gathered audience of media personnel, team members, staff, sponsors and other VIPs on Jan. 31, in his introductory press conference. Photo by David Rogers

By David Rogers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While the sentimental favorite as the next Carolina Panthers head coach might well have been Steve Wilks (after leading the team to a near-berth in the NFL playoffs upon taking the reins during a chaotic mid-season), the Frank Reich hire makes a lot of sense — and on a couple of different levels.