CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Monday's announcement that the Carolina Panthers were cutting ties with general manager Dave Gettleman shocked many. However, another surprise announcement could be coming: the return of former general manager Marty Hurney.
There's been speculation about who will be taking the helm following Gettleman's departure. Training camps begin in less than two weeks, leaving little time to find a full-time replacement. Bringing Hurney on, who already has experience with the organization, to handle the 2017 season and then hiring a new full-time GM in 2018 is a possible solution.
FOX 46 Sports Director Chuck Howard spoke with Hurney on Tuesday. While the former GM would not confirm or deny reports of assuming the Panthers interim general manager position, Howard noted that Hurney was smiling the entire time.
Just spoke with Marty Hurney. Would not confirm nor deny reports of @Panthers interim GM post. Did smile however during Q n A! Sum tin up!— Chuck Howard (@chowardFox46) July 18, 2017
Something is up.
Hurney joined the Panthers’ front office in 1998 and was promoted to general manager in 2002. He was fired during the 2012 season.