Fox Carolina bound

<P>It's all but official that the Carolina Panthers will name Giants Defensive Coordinator John Fox their new head coach, perhaps as early as Monday. </P>


Last Monday, Fox interviewed for the Panthers' vacany created by the firing of George Seifert and reports stated that he couldn't have been happier with how things unfolded. Understandably, Fox did not want to comment on his job status until word became official. Twice previously, Fox interviewed for head-coaching posts and failed to land them - first with New Orleans in 1999 and last off-season with Buffalo.

The Panthers interviewed Jets Defensive Coordinator Ted Cottrell Thursday and plan to also sit down with deposed Bucs Coach Tony Dungy, who's expected to land the vacant Colts post, over the weekend.

In five years as Jim Fassel's defensive head man, Fox's units have ranked among the league's best. His intricate schemes are known for aggression and multiple options. It's not yet known whether the Giants plan to promote from within, but if so, the leading candidate would be Defensive Backs Coach Johnny Lynn.

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