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Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Rivera will return as coach of the Carolina Panthers next season.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Rivera was retained after a long-anticipated meeting with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson on Saturday.

Rivera has a13-19 record in two seasons in Charlotte and has two years remaining on his original, $11.2 million contract.

Rivera’s future became an issue over the final 10 weeks of the season after Richardson fired general manager Marty Hurney in October.

Rivera waited six days following last weekend’s 44-38 win at New Orleans to meet with Richardson. Rivera has he believed all along he had the owner’s support.

The Panthers (7-9) won five of their last six games, including their final four in a row, to finish in second place in the NFC South.

The winning streak was the longest since 2008, the last time Carolina made the playoffs.

Read full story: The Charlotte Observer.

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