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Panthers boost Skipper to assistant head coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 31, 2006) -- The Carolina Panthers promoted running backs coach Jim Skipper to assistant head coach.

Skipper came to Carolina in 2002 when coach John Fox was hired as head coach. The two worked together on the New York Giants' staff, but Skipper spent the 2001 season coaching the XFL's San Francisco Demons.

The Panthers didn't have an assistant head coach last season, but Fox said Skipper handled many of those duties anyway.

"Skip was that guy for me last year," Fox said. "I had a couple of occasions where I went to funeral services and Skip (ran practice). I wish I had done it last year. I wanted to make it official now."

The Associated Press News Service

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