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Posted at 3:38 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Ron Rivera closer to being named Carolina Panthers' coach, reports say

By Cindy Boren

Ron Rivera, defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, is moving closer to being named head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

Although the San Diego Union Tribune reports the announcement could come Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter cites a Panthers executive who says: "He's coming in for 2nd int. Nothing done. Could it happen quickly? Yes. Could it not happen quickly or at all? Yes."

Schefter's take? "Translation on Chargers DC Ron Rivera: If the two sides can work out a contract, he will be the Panthers next head coach."

Jay Glazer of Fox tweeted: Carolina now calling other candidiates who interviewed that they are going another direction and mentioned how well ron [sic] did.

Peter King of tweeted that Rivera was expected to get a second interview Sunday.

Rivera, 49, has interviewed with eight other teams for a head-coaching job since 2006. The Panthers' three previous head coaches -- Dom Capers, George Seifert and John Fox -- all started as defensive coordinators.

By Cindy Boren  | January 10, 2011; 3:38 PM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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