David Tepper, new owner of the Carolina Panthers, met with the media last week after the sale of the team was finalized.
One of the subjects he discussed was a desire to see the Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium host state high school championship games.
Charlotte hasn’t hosted a football final since 1987 when Garner beat Charlotte Harding 40-21 at Memorial Stadium.
I don’t have a problem with moving some state football finals to Bank of America Stadium, but not at the expense of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association ending its relationship with Duke, Wake Forest, NC State and UNC to hold championship games at their stadiums.
The NCHSAA has eight football title games each year. The question would be who plays where.
With Winston-Salem (Wake Forest) and Charlotte in the mix, you’d have two venues that would qualify as western in orientation. One thing that could enter into the equation is seeding. You could give “home” field preference, East vs. West, for the finals to whoever is the higher seeded team.
The big plus with eight games, if you use all five venues every year, is two venues will only get a maximum of one game. Not having to share a stadium for a second game would be nice for the competing schools.
It’s an offer worth exploring, and I thank Tepper for making it.
On another note – congratulations to Jarvis Cobb, who has been named the varsity boys basketball coach at Douglas Byrd High School. Cobb comes to the Eagles after serving as junior varsity coach at Hoke County. In addition to coaching basketball, Cobb will teach career and technical education at Byrd.