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When you don't have a baseball team, and your NBA team isn't playing deep into the postseason, the late spring, and early summer months can be lean for a sports radio host, or even a sports columnist. Except in Charlotte, where there always seems to be something worth writing, or talking about, going on. This week hasn't been any different, with the Panthers taking the field for the start of OTAs, the 65th running of the Coca-Cola 600 is this Sunday, and that's right, Hornets guard LaMelo Ball is in the news again, this time facing a lawsuit, after allegedly running over an 11 year old's foot. 

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Last week, the ACC held its annual spring meetings at Amelia Island, with both football and basketball entrenched in their respective off-seasons. There was a lot to talk about, considering that two schools, Clemson and Florida State are actively suing the league, as they are seeking an exit from the conference, which overshadows the league not getting the respect they want on the playing field, after FSU was left out of the College Football Playoff, and schools like Wake Forest and Pittsburgh were left out of the NCAA Tournament. 

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When Mike Hill left Florida for Charlotte, he was motivated to build one of the top athletic departments at the Group of 5 level, and after a long wait, combined with a lot of hard work, it appears his vision is coming to fruition. The men's basketball team finished third in the American this past season, they just hired an accomplished coach to guide the women's program, and after an uneven first season of the Biff Poggi era on the football field, Charlotte could contend for a bowl game in 2024. The icing on the cake happened over the weekend, as Charlotte's softball team won the American Conference tournament, clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament. 

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With rookie minicamp underway this weekend not in Charlotte, but around the NFL, it's another sign that the 2024 off-season is in the books, and we're in the early stages of getting ready for the 2024 football season. The Panthers recently completed their draft, which has received uneven reviews from the local and national media, after Dan Morgan was aggressively trading back and forth, over the course of making 7 selections. Those 7 picks are on the field this weekend, learning Dave Canales's system, ahead of training camp which will open in late July. 

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If you didn't already know, the Charlotte Hornets hired Boston Celtics assistant, Charles Lee earlier today, to be the next head of the franchise, which has undergone a lot of changes off the court, with a change in ownership, a new Director of Basketball Operations has been hired, and now they have their new voice to lead the team into this new era. Lee was hired over JJ Redick, who was a finalist for the job, despite not having any head coaching experience at any level of basketball. While Lee hasn't been a head coach either, he's been an assistant for a decade and has spent time with the Bucks and the Celtics, arguably the two best franchises in the Eastern Conference over the last 5 seasons. While he doesn't specialize in one specific end of the court, he's known for his ability to develop talent, which Charlotte is banking on, with guys like LaMelo Ball, Mark Williams, and Brandon Miller all in the early stages of their NBA careers. 

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After a long coaching search, the Charlotte Hornets announced this morning they are hiring Boston Celtics assistant, Charles Lee, as their next head coach. Lee will take over the role once the Celtics' season comes to an end, which could be in the middle of June. Lee, who has 10 years of NBA experience, is now tasked with turning Charlotte back into a winner, something that wasn't possible the last couple of seasons due to a number of injuries. 

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As the second round of the NBA Playoffs gets underway, the other teams in the NBA are in off-season mode, including the Charlotte Hornets, after injuries took away any chance of the team competing for a spot in the Play-In tournament. When Steve Clifford announced he was stepping down at the end of the season, it brought into focus the main objective for the 2024 off-season, finding a coach that turn the franchise not only back into a winner, but a contender in the Eastern Conference. With over a month's worth of work into the search, the Hornets are finding out that even with LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller on the roster, the job isn't as desired as it should be, given the young talent that's already established itself at the NBA level. 

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In the modern NFL, rebuilds take 2-3 years, not 5-6 like they did in the old days. With that sense of urgency to win nowadays, teams are more willing than ever to move off a QB, no matter how much they invested around him, let alone draft him. After an up-and-down rookie season, with just two wins to his name, that's where Bryce Young finds himself in the mind of many Panther fans, who want to see drastic improvement from the former #1 overall pick, or else they desire the franchise to go in a different direction. How likely is that though? Only time will tell. 

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The last couple of weeks haven't been kind to Charlotte FC, as they suffered a 3-0 home defeat two weeks ago, before losing in extra time last week in New York. The good news is that they start a stretch of home games, starting with Portland this Saturday as The Crown will play 4 of their next 5 games at Bank of America Stadium, a place that is often kind to Charlotte. 

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Just like that, the 2024 NFL Draft is in the books for all 32 teams around the NFL, after the event was held in Detroit over the weekend. When you spend four and a half months preparing for it, you forget that it's just a three-day event, and then it's on to the draft, kind of like recruiting in college football or basketball. The Panthers made picks in every round of the draft, which was impressive considering they entered the draft, without draft capital in certain rounds. Their headliner is first-round wide receiver, Xavier Legette, who will bring a versatile target to Carolina, in hopes of revamping the passing game, with second-year quarterback, Bryce Young. 

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In a surprising move last night, the Panthers traded into the first round to draft South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette, their favorite wide receiver in this year's draft. Legette is a versatile wide receiver that should make an immediate impact in Dave Canales's offense, and provide a legitimate weapon for second-year QB Bryce Young in the passing game. 

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Even 24 hours later, it may not still feel real that the Carolina Hurricanes erased a 3-0 deficit against the New York Islanders in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but that's exactly what happened on Monday night, as Carolina took a 2-0 series lead. The win helped the team protect home ice, and in the process, became the first time since 2006 when they won the Stanley Cup, that they erased a 3-0 deficit in the postseason. What the comeback win even more impressive is that it was done with an unusual line, one that didn't get much run in the postseason, making it easier for Canes fans to believe that this is the year for them to break through in the Eastern Conference, and return to the Stanley Cup Final, which is the expectation, as they entered the season the favorite to win the Stanley Cup, and they entered the postseason the favorite as well. 

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Ever since the Charlotte Hornets began their search for a new head coach, Dawn Staley has been a name that fans, and those in the basketball community have pondered as a potential candidate for the opening. Earlier this month, Staley led South Carolina women's program to their national championship under her watch, and a perfect season, after dispatching Iowa in the championship game. After the win, Staley was visibly emotional, but it was uncertain as to why, because she had won national championships before, many believe it was her hinting that she was moving on to another job, maybe in the NBA and the WNBA. 

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It's been over a week since the 2023-24 season came to an end for the Charlotte Hornets, after a 21-61 season, that went sideways after another rash of injuries made it hard for the team to compete in the Eastern Conference. The lone bright spot from the disastrous season came in the form of rookie Brandon Miller, who validated Charlotte's decision to draft him #2 overall last summer. Miller played in 74 games as a rookie, averaging 17.3 points, on 44% shooting, and 37% from behind the three-point line. Last night, it was announced that Miller was a finalist for the Rookie of the Year award, which will ultimately end up in the hands of Victory Wembmanyama. 

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With six of their next eight games at home, it's important for Charlotte FC to take advantage to put themselves in the best position possible to make the postseason this year. The homestand got off to a great start with a thrilling 3-2 win over Toronto, headlined by Liel Abada's first MLS goal with Charlotte. The win vaulted FC into the top 8 of the Eastern Conference table, and they are off to their best 8-match start in club history, as they've earned 11 points under new manager, Dean Smith. This week, Charlotte FC steps into the national spotlight, as they'll host Minnesota, the first time they've faced the Western Conference opponent. 

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Yesterday was the final day of the 2023-24 regular season, and as we've known for some time, there won't be playoff basketball in Charlotte once again. After entering the season with optimism of competing in the Eastern Conference, the Hornets slumped to a 21-61 record, after another rash of injuries took the team out of contention by the turn of the calendar. With that though, the atmosphere in and around Spectrum Center, is still a positive one, after the rookie season Brandon Miller compiled, along with the hire of Jeff Peterson in the front office, and a new head coach on the horizon. 

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After a disappointing result over the weekend at New England, Charlotte FC returns home, looking for a win over Toronto, to get back on track. The return home is a welcome sight, as Charlotte FC will play six of their next eight games at home, a place that FC has only lost once in their last 20 home matches. A big reason for FC's slow start has been the inability to capitalize on the scoring chances that they've created, a sign that they haven't fully adapted to Dean Smith's system. 

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are considered the best playoffs in sports, and believe it or not, they are right around the corner, as the NHL regular season is winding down. Entering the 2023-24 season, the Hurricanes were the favorite to win their first Stanley Cup since the 2000s, after making the Eastern Conference Final last season. After a slow start to the season, the Hurricanes have rounded into form, and along with the Rangers, are among the favorites to come out of the East in the 2024 playoffs. 

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The 2023-24 NBA season is one to forget for many Hornets fans, after the team was basically eliminated from the postseason, by Christmas for the second straight season. Yes, injuries played a role once again in Charlotte's struggles, but that excuse can only go so far and be used so many times. Even with the struggles this season, there was a chance that head coach Steve Clifford would be back for next season, given his relationship with the new President of Basketball Operations, Jeff Peterson. That skepticism came to an end last week, when Clifford announced that he's stepping down from his role as head coach, for a role in the front office. Charlotte joins Brooklyn and Washington as open jobs as we enter the final week of the regular season, with many more openings projected to become available once the season comes to an end. 

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When NC State arrived in Washington, D.C. for the 2024 ACC Tournament, they entered on a four-game losing streak, and questions surrounded the program about the future of Kevin Keatts as the head coach. For just the second time in college basketball history, a team won five games in five days, as State won their first conference title since 1987, to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Entering the Big Dance, the question was how far could State ride that momentum, and that answer has resulted in a trip to the Final Four, their first since 1983, completely changing the outlook for Kevin Keatts and the program in general. 

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After a difficult three-game road trip, The Crown returned to the friendly confines of Bank of America Stadium last Saturday, and in the process earned a 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew. The win was just the second of the season for Charlotte FC, but breathed life back into the club, after the lengthy road trip, that followed the season-opening win. At 2-1-2, Charlotte FC finds themselves in the middle of the table in the Eastern Conference, heading into Saturday's home match with FC Cincinnati, the club that sits atop the Eastern Conference. 

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With the initial rush of free agency behind us, the focus is starting to shift towards the NFL Draft, while we wait for veterans to find their NFL homes for the 2024 season. For the Panthers, who don't own a first-round draft selection, they are trying to shore up their roster, to identify the best way to make the most out of their two, second-round picks. 

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While many sports fans will be focused on the NCAA Tournament, which officially gets underway starting tomorrow, in the Queen City, that doesn't mean that the sports world will come to a complete stop, as the NBA and MLS will continue their regular season play during over the weekend. The Crown finally return home, after a three-game road trip, that saw the club only earn a point, with two tough losses overlooking a draw. As Charlotte FC returns to The Bank on Saturday, they will meet last year's champion, followed the next week by last year's regular season champion, as the schedule doesn't lighten up for a club that's struggling to put the ball in the back of the net. 

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Whenever you think of the glory days of the Charlotte Hornets, one of the first players that you think about is Jamal Mashburn, who arrived in Charlotte after being included in a trade for Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason. In Mashburn's two seasons with the Hornets, before they left for New Orleans, he averaged over 20 points per game and helped guide the team to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2001. Despite playing just two seasons in Charlotte, he's still among the all-time best players to ever play in the Queen City. 

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It's been an up-and-down start to free agency for the Carolina Panthers, headlined by trading away Brian Burns and seeing Frankie Luvu sign with Washington Commanders, but they responded by signing two interior offensive linemen, adding a linebacker that has experience playing in Ejiro Evero's scheme, followed by the addition of a pass rusher, to hopefully replace the loss of Burns. 

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Monday was a rough day for Panther fans, as they saw Brian Burns get traded away to the Giants, and not get a first-round pick in return, and they saw Frankie Luvu leave the team in free agency, signing with Washington. While Carolina added two offensive linemen to help protect Bryce Young, it didn't do enough to help overcome the loss of two of the better defensive players on the team. Yesterday though, Dan Morgan was active, looking to get Brycec Young a weapon in the passing game, and he found one in the form of Diontae Johnson, striking a trade that involved a pick swap, along with sending Donte Jackson in Pittsburgh, finding a willing trade partner, before outright cutting him. 

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It wasn't the best day in Panther land yesterday, as Carolina traded away Brian Burns and saw Frankie Luvu sign with the Washington Commanders, as the legal tampering period is underway, ahead of the new league year, which officially begins on Friday. Those moves leave Carolina's defensive line depleted, which isn't ideal for a defense that figures to be the strength of the team next season. With that being said, it wasn't all bad moves, as Carolina was aggressive in adding to their offensive line, and Dan Morgan was able to ink a deal with Robert Hunt, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, for five years, 100 million dollars. That was the first, of two offensive line signings Morgan made, in an effort to better protect Bryce Young, as he gets ready for his second season in the NFL. 

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After a long wait, sports betting is finally legal in North Carolina, after a long battle to get it legalized. The Tar Heel State is the 38th state in the United States, to have legal sports gambling, meaning that sports fans can place bets on pro, and amateur sports, just in time for the ACC Tournament, and the NCAA Tournament. 

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Tonight, the greatest rivalry in sports renews itself, as Duke hosts North Carolina, in the second top-10 matchup between the two rivals this season. Carolina has already earned a share of the ACC regular season title, but with a win over Duke, they'd outright with the league for the first time since 2017. As for Duke, they are looking to earn a share of the regular season title, and with various different tiebreakers, they could end up being the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament next week. 

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Tomorrow night, the greatest rivalry in sports will renew itself, as Duke hosts North Carolina, in the regular season finale, with ACC implications on the line for both teams. Carolina earned at least a share of the ACC regular season title on Tuesday night when they blew out Notre Dame in Chapel Hill. A win over Duke would secure their first outright ACC title, since 2017, when they last won the national championship. As for Duke, with a win they'd also earn a share of the ACC regular season title, and with various different tiebreakers, have the inside track to be the #1 seed in the next week's ACC Tournament, in Washington, D.C. Carolina won the first matchup back in February, 93-84, and if tomorrow night is anything like the first matchup, college basketball fans will be in for a treat. 

The MLS season is already two weeks old, and Charlotte FC is off to their best start in club history. The Crown opened their season with a win over NCYFC at home, and followed that up with a draw last week in Vancouver, to start the current three-game road trip with a point. That means Charlotte has earned four points in the first two weeks of the season, for context, it took them to their fourth match last season, to even register a point. Dean Smith arrived, poised to take this club to the next level in the MLS, and if the first two weeks are any indication, he was the right man for the job. 

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The NFL Scouting Combine is winding down, as we get closer to the start of a new league year and the 2024 NFL Draft. Of course, the Panthers don't currently own a first-round pick, after trading it away to Chicago last year, when they traded up to #1 to draft Bryce Young. While some coaches opt not to speak during their time in Indy, Canales made sure to get behind the podium, to talk about what his staff has worked on since being put together, and what they are looking for and hoping to achieve in the Draft, despite having limited draft capital. 

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It wasn't too long ago that the NAB world was impressed by the trade deadline that Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak put together, trading away Gordon Hayward and PJ Washington, and in return revamping their bench, and adding more draft capital to their future arsenal. Shortly after the trade deadline, the Hornets announced that Mitch Kupchak would be moving into an advisory role within the organization, and they began their search for a new GM. That search concluded earlier today, as Charlotte announced they were hiring Nets assistant GM Jeff Peterson, as their new President of Basketball Operations. 

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The 2024 MLS season got underway last week, and Charlotte FC kicked off their third season, with a 1-0 home win over NYFC. It was the first win for the club in a season opener, and it turned heads around MLS, after The Crown entered the season with little expectations, despite coming off a playoff appearance last season. Charlotte moved on Christian Lattanzio after he oversaw a team that left many points on the pitch and struggled to hold leads late in matches. They brought in Dean Smith, and his impact was apparent in the opener, with FC more organized from start to finish. 

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The NFL world will be focused on Indianapolis next week, for the annual NFL Draft Scouting Combine, with the Super Bowl now two weeks in the rearview mirror. While it's an important week for the college athletes in attendance looking to impress the various scouts, GMs, and head coaches, the week will also be filled with many closed-door conversations ahead of free agency, which starts in March, once the new league year begins. 

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On Saturday night, Charlotte FC will kick off their third season of play in the MLS, when they host NYCFC, at Bank of America Stadium. The Crown will look to build off last season, which saw the club make a deep run in the Leagues Cup, which spurned a hot finish to the regular season, as Charlotte qualified for the MLS postseason in just their second season. For that to happen though, they'll have to overcome a lot of changes that took place this off-season, as Christian Lattanzaio wasn't brought back as the head coach, and Karol Swiderski, one of Charlotte's designated players left for another club. 

The NBA doesn't return to action until Thursday, but after the weekend the league just experienced, it's still dominating the headlines, no matter the sports medium. After almost a year of vowing to produce a better product during the annual All-Star weekend, the NBA witnessed another lifeless dunk contest, and a record-setting All-Star Game, as the East scored over 200 points, and both teams put on a glorified three-point shooting contest for 48 minutes. 

When the calendar turns to March, it'll be a sign that the new league year is close, and free agency will soon be upon us. In the coming days, many teams around the NFL will begin to designate certain players for the franchise tag, in hopes of reaching a long-term deal as the off-season moves along. A position that will dominate the free agency period, will be the wide receiver position, with many stars potentially being available on the open market. 

With March a few weeks away, college basketball takes center stage in the state of North Carolina, as we close down the ACC regular season. With Duke and North Carolina at the top of the standings, it feels like old times in the league, even though it's not getting the respect nationally. 

With football season officially over, many sports fans are gearing their attention toward the NBA, NHL, and college basketball, or are waiting for the start of the baseball season. Lost in all the other sports, is the start of the MLS season, which gets underway next weekend, with Charlotte FC starting their third season of MLS play.

The Super Bowl is in the books, which means the focus for most sports fans turns to the NBA, the upcoming NCAA Tournament, and baseball, as spring training opened on Monday. NASCAR also gets their season started this upcoming weekend, and as always, they begin their season with their version of the Super Bowl, the Daytona 500. 

With the Super Bowl officially in the books, the next item on the NFL's agenda will be the NFL Combine, followed by free agency, once the new league year begins in March. After a 2-15 season, the Panthers desperately need upgrading their roster if they want to compete in 2024. In today's NFL, teams can change overnight with their ability to sign players, but Carolina will be handicapped by having just $31 million in cap space and having to resign some of their players, including Brian Burns and Frankie Luvu. 

It was a busy day for the Charlotte Hornets, who were active at the trade deadline, trading away veteran Gordon Hayward, and PJ Washington, who resigned with the Hornets earlier this summer. Those moves were expected given Charlotte's standing in the Eastern Conference, as it made sense to trade for the future. The moves may make it even harder for the Hornets to compete down the stretch, but it opens the door for more growth for Brandon Miller, who is enjoying a historic rookie season in the NBA. 

It may be another lost season for the Charlotte Hornets, but a bright spot, outside of the star Brandon Miller is destined to become, has been fellow first-round pick, Nick Smith Jr, who has made the most of his opportunities, and currently leads all rookies in three-point shooting percentage. Smith was taken out of Arkansas late in the first round last June after injuries derailed his NBA Draft stock, which at one point projected him to be a top-5 draft selection. 

Charlotte's 8-1 start to conference play is as big a surprise as anything we've seen in local or national college basketball this season, and tonight they put that record on the line at South Florida, who is also 8-1 in the AAC. Unlike FAU or Memphis, the only way Charlotte will hear their name called on Selection Sunday is if they win the AAC Tournament next month after a slow start in non-conference play eliminated any chance at being an at-large bid. A win tonight would further help their chances of being the #1 seed in that event, making the path easier to winning three games in three days. 

Last summer, former 49ers head coach, Ron Sanchez resigned from his position as head coach, to return to Virginia as an assistant. Sanchez, who was going to enter the 2023-24 season on the hot seat, didn't wait to be fired, but in the process left the Charlotte program in disarray. There is never a good time to walk out on your program, and the kids you recruited, but in today's era, of the transfer portal, along with NIL, it put the future of the program in even further danger. 

Later tonight, the greatest rivalry in sports renews itself, as #3 North Carolina, hosts #7 Duke in the first of two meetings between the best teams in the ACC, and two teams more than capable of winning a national championship. Over the years the rivalry has been defined by moments, most recently, Caleb Love's three-pointer that proved to be the dagger in a win over the Blue Devils in the Final Four, which officially retired Coach K, after a legendary run in Durham. 

The new era of Carolina Panthers football is here with the hire of Dave Canales being finalized last week. Since David Tepper bought the team, this is his third hire in under a decade, as he's struggled to establish the winning organization he promised when he bought the team. A couple of people who know all about what it takes to win in the NFL, and experienced winning in Carolina, are Ron Rivera, and Greg Olsen. Rivera, the former coach of the Panthers, helped the team win three straight division titles and appeared in Super Bowl 50. Olsen, a favorite target of Cam Newton, was on that Super Bowl team and knows what it's like to be a part of a winning locker room. Both guys took time today to join the Wes & Walker Show earlier on WFNZ. 

After trading away Terry Rozier earlier in the week, it's safe to say that the Hornets are waving the white flag on the 2023-24 season, and a rebuild awaits the team as we get closer to the trade deadline. Charlotte entered the season with faint hopes of competing for a spot in the Play-In Tournament, and that all went sideways after an early rash of injuries took the team out of contention by mid-December. 

The Panthers are still searching for their next head coach, and the search heats up this week with multiple candidates set to interview for a second time. One of those guys happens to be Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik, whose season ended after Houston's loss to Baltimore in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Slowik's name is a hot one, after the job he did with rookie QB CJ Stroud, who led the league in passing yards per game, along with touchdown-to-interception ratio, something a rookie has never done before. 

For the second straight off-season, Dave Tepper is searching for another head coach, after he fired Frank Reich in mid-November. After the season came to an end, Tepper then fired GM Scott Fitterer, meaning both positions were open at the same time for the first time under Tepper. Tepper has cast a wide-ranging coaching search, with the help of a search firm, but has stayed away from the likes of Bill Belichick, Mike Vrabel, and Jimi Harbaugh. Panther fans can draw their own conclusions from that, but it's hard to imagine those coaches being interested in working for arguably the worst owner in the NFL. From the moment the job became available, Tepper had his work cut out for him, and he's learning that this winter. 

The Carolina Panthers aren't the only NFC South team looking for a new head coach, so are the Atlanta Falcons, after they fired Arthur Smith after their regular season came to an end. Todd Bowles is believed to be safe in Tampa Bay, after guiding the Bucs to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, and New Orleans has already announced that Dennis Allen will be back for 2024.

At 8-29, the Hornets are set to be sellers and not buyers at the upcoming NBA trade deadline next month. When the season started, it was reasonable to believe the team could be in a better situation at the trade deadline and could've been buyers, to ensure themselves as a playoff team in the Eastern Conference. 

It's not every day that you quit your job, to go on a cross-country, four-month long road trip, but that is exactly what Rodger Sherman did after he left The Ringer, and embarked on a journey attending as many college football games as possible. Sherman attended over 60 games, and traveled over 30,000 miles during the 2023 college football season, traveling all over the country to see games at different levels of the sport. 

It feels like old times in the ACC, with all Big Four schools atop the standings, headlined by an undefeated North Carolina team, ranked in the top 5 of this week's AP Poll. Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest are all a game behind the Tar Heels, and all likely figure to play a role in the regular season title race, something that didn't seem likely when the season tipped off. 

For the third time under David Tepper's ownership, the Carolina Panthers are looking for a football coach to bring winning football back to the Carolina's, something Panther fans haven't experienced since 2017. Tepper was looking for a head coach this time last year, after firing Matt Rhule in the middle of the 2022 season. After hiring Frank Reich, that experiment only lasted 11 games, before Reich was promptly fired after a 1-10 start. 

After a 2-15 season, there is a lot of work to get the Panthers back to competing in the NFC South ahead of the 2024 season. Dave Tepper is looking for another head coach and general manager after firing Frank Reich and Scott Fitterer on Monday in November. And even when Tepper makes those hires, the work is just getting started. The new GM will have to navigate a draft without a first-round pick and upgrade the roster in free agency. As for the head coach, his biggest task will be instilling belief in Bryce Young, after the rookie QB endured a tumultuous first season in the NFL, as he faced the first adversity of his football life. 

The state of North Carolina is a basketball state first and foremost, but there is a nice football tradition in the state as well, and earlier this week, some of the best college football players were notified they'd be inducted into the college football Hall of Fame. Among those, included former App State QB Armanti Edwards, a player that led the Mountaineers to their historic upset of Michigan, along with three straight FCS national championships, the first FCS program to do such a thing. After a legendary career, Edwards would have a brief stint in the NFlL, spending time with the Panthers and the Browns, before going on to win multiple Gray Cups in the CFL. 

The good news after Carolina's 9-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, was that the 2023 season, had finally ended. After entering the season with hopes and dreams of competing for a division title, the Panthers limped to a 2-15 record and fired their head coach in the middle of the season for the second straight season. While the expectations outside the building weren't as high as they were inside the building, this season is arguably the worst in franchise history, surpassing the struggles of 2001 and 2010. To say that this season was a surprise would be an understatement, including to those who cover the team on a day-to-day basis. 

The 2023-24 NBA season hasn't gone the way the Hornets were hoping for, as they entered the season hoping to make the NBA postseason, or at minimum, the Play-In Tournament. Instead, Charlotte is 8-24 and was on an 11-game losing before they won at Sacramento the other night. Injuries have once derailed the season, as LaMelo Ball, Mark Williams, Terry Rozier, and Gordon Hayward have all missed extended time in the first two and a half months, which threw the season sideways. 

When you're 2-12, there are a lot of areas that need to be addressed to become not only a winning team, but a competitive team once again. Everybody knows that Carolina needs help along its offensive line, and in the wide receiver room, to get the most out of Bryce Young, as he looks to cement himself as the franchise QB he was drafted to be. On the Wes & Walker Show earlier today on WFNZ, they tried to identify what underrated part of the team needs to be addressed the most, and their answers may surprise you. 

It's not every day that a former two-time Olympian, or a former World's Strongest Man, let alone a former wrestler joins the show, but that is exactly what happened earlier today on WFNZ, as Mark Henry joined the Wes & Walker Show, ahead of an All Elite Wrestling event next year. 

It's been quite a week for Cam Newton, as the former Panthers QB is doing a media tour of sorts, going on multiple podcasts and radio shows, talking about today's NFL. The first set of comments that caused a stir, was him calling QBs like Dak Prescott, and Brock Purdy "game managers", despite them having their teams in legitimate positions to compete for, and potentially win a Super Bowl. He didn't stop there, as when he appeared on the QB Room, he made a pitch that he should be the President of Football Operations for the Carolina Panthers. That position has become more common in today's sports, across sports like basketball, baseball, and football. The idea of Dave Tepper hiring a team president isn't that far-fetched, especially considering his front office is seeking stability, after another tumultuous season, on and off the field. 

Earlier today, Charlotte FC announced the hire of Dean Smith as their new manager for the upcoming 2024 season. And we know what you're thinking, and it's not the famous Dean Smith, that made Carolina Basketball a premier program. Smith brings to Charlotte, experience and a track record of success in England's Premier League, and isn't new to turning around underperforming clubs. Charlotte FC is coming off their first-ever berth in the MLS postseason, and the hiring of Smith sets the club up for sustained success, something they've failed to cultivate, as they've fired their managers, in each of their first two seasons of play. 

Ever since the Bill Belichick rumors in regards to the Panthers vacancy started swirling, virtually everyone has had an opinion on the matter. For Panther fans, the possibility of hiring a head coach that beat you in the Super Bowl is as big a catch-22 as you could get when you consider that Belichick is arguably the best head coach in NFL history. On the flip side, looking at his struggles without Tom Brady makes you question just how great of a coach he truly is. Many people in the football community also believe that the game has passed him by, and he struggles to connect with today's players. 

Tomorrow the Army/Navy rivalry renews itself in the 124th edition of America's Game. An Army win over Navy would secure the Black Knights the Commander-In-Chief Trophy, which the service academies compete for yearly. For the last two days, the Wes & Walker Show on WFNZ was broadcasting live from Radio Row in Boston, to get you ready for the final game before bowl season kicks off later this month, and they had quite the guests while on location. 

The Panther news happened early this morning, after The Athletic dropped the latest bombshell report, digging deeper into the dysfunction that exists under Dave Tepper's ownership. The Panthers are currently 1-11, the worst record in the NFL, and without a first-round draft pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the outlook is bleak in terms of Carolina competing in the NFC South anytime soon. Factor in the team announcing earlier today that training camp won't be held at Wofford next season, just adding to the bad feeling that currently exists not only on the team, but throughout a fanbase that is growing tired, and more impatient by the day. 

The NBA season is more than a month and a half old, and unless something changes, the Hornets won't be playing meaningful basketball after the Christmas holiday. Charlotte has been hampered by injuries, as Terry Rozier missed roughly three weeks of action early in the season, and now LaMelo Ball is sidelined for the foreseeable future with an ankle injury. Of course, those injuries coincide with Cody Martin's injury, which has had him sidelined since early last season. And while the injuries are very much real, head coach Steve Clifford isn't letting his team get away with that as an excuse, despite his team struggling to compete defensively consistently.

Just like that, the college regular season has come and gone, and after Championship Weekend took place over the weekend, the College Football Playoff is officially set. The Playoff committee selected Michigan, Washington, Texas, and Alabama as the four teams that will compete for the national championship, starting on New Year's Day. In the process, the committee left out Florida State, an undefeated Power 5 conference champion, the first time an undefeated power conference champion failed to make the Playoff, making this the most unprecedented move in the history of the Playoff. This decision led to many debates on many different platforms, with every show asking the same question. Did the Playoff committee get it right? 

The 2023 college football regular season has come and gone, with Championship Weekend just a few days away, and the Charlotte 49ers won't be featured in the AAC title game. After the preseason was highlighted by first-year head coach Biff Poggi, making bold claims about his team, and challenging his fan base to give more money, all the talk, didn't translate onto the field, as Charlotte went 3-9. Had Poggi not made headlines all preseason long, this wouldn't have been seen as a major disappointment, but when your head coach talks the way that Poggi did, it doesn't help. 

Football season is in full swing, with the end of the college football regular season next weekend, and the NFL is hitting its stride with the second half of the season officially underway. Even so, in this state, once the calendar turns to November, college basketball moves to the forefront, with national brands Duke and North Carolina, poised to compete at a high level this season. 

After an 1-8 start to the season, the Panthers are in unfamiliar territory, as they haven't been this non-competitive since 2010, when they went 2-14, on their way to earning the #1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, where they would eventually draft Cam Newton. With 8 games left in the 2023-24 season, Carolina won't be favored in any of their remaining games, meaning, in theory, 1-16 is on the table. 

The 2023 season wasn't supposed to go this way. After an off-season filled with renewed hope, after trading up to draft Bryce Young, and hiring an all-star coaching staff, the Panthers were never supposed to be 1-8, and of the NFC South race before Thanksgiving, but here we are. And the biggest reason why is Carolina is failing their #1 draft pick at virtually every turn. 

After last night's loss, the Panthers are now 1-8 on the 2023 season, following a 16-13 loss to the Bears last night on Thursday Night Football. Bryce Young is now 1-7 as a starter, equaling the same number of losses he experienced in high school, and college combined. The rookie signal-caller has struggled to adjust to the NFL and has been hindered by an underperforming offensive line, and receivers that can't get open. 

The second week of the high school playoffs in the state is set to begin later tonight, as we're getting closer to crowning state champions for the 2023 high school football season. 

The Charlotte 49ers entered last weekend at 2-6, needing to win out to qualify for a bowl game, in the first year under Biff Poggi. That possibility looked bleak, when Charlotte found itself down 17-0, on the road to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Instead, for the first time really all season, they responded well to adversity and would force overtime, eventually winning 33-26.

The NBA season is off and running, and the Hornets have already completed their first home stand, along with their first road trip. Charlotte finds themselves at 2-4, going 1-2 at home, and on the road. The first road trip had the opportunity to be 0-3, after dropping the first game in Houston. But after eeking out a win at Indiana, a 2-1 trip was on the table, before a disappointing second half against the Mavs, gave the Hornets an eventual 1-2 trip. 

There isn't a more criticized position to play in sports than QB, and Bryce Young is learning that the hard way in the NFL. After being the best QB at the high school, and college level, Young's transition to the NFL has been more steep than initially thought. Young arguably had his worst game as a pro, as he threw three interceptions in the loss to the Colts yesterday afternoon, two of which were returned for touchdowns, as he essentially gave the opponent more points, than he gave his own team. 

It's November, which means that the college football season is entering the final month of the regular season, and the NFL season is really heating up. It also means that the high school ranks will be determining state champions for all different levels, and it gets underway this weekend in the state of North Carolina. 

Believe it or not, we are in the final month of the college football regular season, as the calendar has turned to November. Back when the season began, 49ers fans were dreaming of making a second-ever bowl game, after an off-season, headlined by the hire of Biff Poggi, followed by the new head coach, making bold claims about how competitive his program would be. Instead, Charlotte finds itself at 2-6, needing to win their remaining four games, to qualify for a bowl game. Those remaining four games, come against Tulsa, Memphis, Rice, and South Florida, with Tulsa being the only team on the schedule with a losing record, making it hard to envision them qualifying for a bowl game. 

Believe it or not, the first week of the NBA season is in the books, and the Hornets find themselves, 1-2, as they prepare to hit the road for the first time in 2023-24. Charlotte opened the season with an impressive showing, taking down the Hawks, before losing back-to-back games, to the Pistons and the Nets respectively. While Brandon Miller has impressed off the bench, LaMelo Ball has struggled to shoot the ball efficiently from the field, and veterans Gordon Hayward, and Terry Rozier are still rounding into form. 

The 2023 MLS season was a big one for Charlotte FC, as the club made their first appearance in the MLS postseason, on top of making a deep run in the Leagues Cup. There were a lot of ups and downs for The Crown in 2023, but it was a step forward for a second-year franchise, as they continue to make their mark on the sports scene in the Queen City. 

2023 Record: 23-11 (12-8) 6th in the ACC, Lost in First Round to Creighton Key Losses: G Terquavion Smith (17.9 pts, 4.1 ast), G Jarkel Joiner (17.0 pts, 3.6 ast), G Jack Clark (9.0 pts, 6.9 reb), C Dusan Mahorcic (8.7 pts, 6.6 reb) Key Returnees: F D.J. Burns (12.5 pts, 4.8 reb), G Casey […]

2023 Record: 19-14 (10-10) 8th in the ACC, missed the NCAA Tournament Key Losses: G Tyree Appleby (18.8 pts, 6.4 ast), G Daivien Williamson (8.7 pts, 0.7 ast), F Bobi Klintman (5.3 pts, 4.5 reb) Key Returnees: F Damari Monsanto (13.3 pts, 3.6 reb), G Cameron Hildreth (12.4 pts, 5.3 reb), F Andrew Carr (10.7 […]

2023 Record: 27-9  (14-6) 3rd in the ACC, Lost in Round of 32 to Tennessee Key Losses: F Dereck Lively (5.2 pts, 5.4 reb), Dariq Whitehead (8.3 pts, 2.4 reb) Key Returners: F Kyle Filipowski (15.1 pts, 9.0 reb), G Jeremy Roach (13.6 pts, 3.1 ast), G Tyrese Proctor (9.4 pts, 3.3 ast), F Mark […]

2023 Record: 20-13 (11-9) 7th in the ACC, missed NCAA Tournament Key Losses: G Caleb Love (16.7 pts, 2.8 asts), F Leaky Black (7.3 pts, 6.5 reb), F Pete Nance (10.0 pts, 6.0 reb), F Puff Johnson (4.1 pts, 2.7 reb) Key Returnees: F Armando Bacot (15.9 pts, 10.4 rebs), G R.J. Davis (16.1 pts, […]

It took only two years for Charlotte FC to compete in the MLS, to qualify for their first postseason, after a thrilling win over Inter Miami last Saturday, combined with some help from other clubs. Charlotte earned the #9 seed in the Eastern Conference, and will now travel to take on New York Red Bulls tomorrow night, in the first-ever postseason match in club history. The Crown overcame a long win-less streak during the midst of the regular season, but after a deep run in the Leagues Cup, they found a winning formula, that would eventually carry over into MLS play. 

After an 0-6 start, it's back to square one for the Carolina Panthers, as they are coming off their bye week. With the slow start to the season, changes needed to be made, and while Panther fans wanted to see Scott Fitterer, the GM lose his position, Frank Reich did surrender play-calling duties to Thomas Brown, a highly respected offensive mind across the NFL. 

Hornets power forward, PJ Washington joins Wes & Walker to preview the upcoming season and express his excitement for this team. PJ Washington is coming off an amazing preseason performance against the Thunder, where he dropped 31 points which is the most by a Hornets player in a preseason game since Oct. 18, 2007. The […]

After a 0-5 start, an already restless Panthers fan base isn't in the mood to hear any talk about patience, but that's exactly what is needed, and that is exactly what Jeff Saturday was preaching on the Wes & Walker Show earlier today on WFNZ. The former standout offensive lineman for the Colts and the Packers joined the program to talk about the early season struggles for Carolina, why he's a believer in Ickey Ekwonu, and why the Panthers need to build up around Bryce Young to get the most out of him. 

After a lot of talk in the off-season about how much improved the 49ers were going to be defensively, and as a team, Biff Poggi finds himself 1-4, entering the bye week, with competitive losses to Power 5 programs, Maryland and Florida. With that in mind, it is time for the program to reset expectations for the rest of 2023. 

We are just about a quarter of the way into the 2023-24 NFL season, and the Carolina Panthers, are still looking for their first win of the season. Carolina entered the season with hopes of competing for an NFC South division title and ending the longest playoff drought in the history of the franchise. After the 0-4 start, it looks like Carolina will have to wait until next season to compete once again in the division, and in the conference as well. 

The Panthers might be 0-4, and Charlotte FC's playoff hopes might be fading away, but there might be another pro team in the Queen City that can make you proud. Believe it or not, the Hornets will tip off their 2023-24 season later this month, and they have high hopes for being a playoff team after injuries made it hard for the team to compete last season.

Former Charlotte Observer writer, and now Vikings beat reporter, Ellis Williams joined the Wes & Walker Show yesterday, to give us the Vikings perspective ahead of Sunday's game at Bank of America Stadium. He tells you what makes Justin Jefferson such a hard matchup for the Panthers secondary, what areas Carolina has the advantage in on the field, & more. 

The Panthers will be looking for their first win of the 2023 season on Sunday afternoon in Bank of America Stadium against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings will enter in the same boat as the Panthers after three straight one-possession losses to begin there season and will be hoping to keep themselves alive after a […]

After missing last week's game at Seattle, it looks like Bryce Young is set to start this Sunday's game against the Vikings. Young, who suffered an ankle injury in the Monday night loss to the Saints in Week 2, hopes to use the week off to get his rookie season off and running. 

Earlier today on the Wes & Walker Show, Duke's play-by-play broadcaster, David Shumate joined the show to set the scene for Saturday's Duke/Notre Dame game. He talks about the importance of College GameDay being in Durham, for the game, and the chances the Blue Devils take down the Irish 

After an 0-3 start, it is harder to see the vision that Frank Reich has for the Panthers this season, and beyond. When you look at the upcoming stretch of games, at home against the Vikings, and at the Lions and Dolphins ahead of the bye, an 0-6 start isn't out of the question for Carolina. And if that happens, an already on the edge fan base will only continue to implode all over the place. But is it still okay to have faith that Reich, will turn out to be the right hire?

After an 0-3 start to the 2023 season for the Panthers, there is a lot of vitriol from the Panthers fan base, and they are seeking to find someone to blame. After firing Matt Rhule, and hiring Frank Reich, the belief was that the losing the franchise had endured since 2017 was going to come to an end, and the winning football that Dave Tepper promised when he bought the team, was on the horizon. While that still may be true, it is hard to see that with the current brand of football we've seen so far in 2023, and the schedule is not going to do them any favors with a strip to Miami looming before the bye.

On Friday, the legendary Dan Patrick, joined the Wes & Walker Show, to promote his new book "The Occasionally Accurate Annals of Football", he also shared some of his favorite memories from his time at ESPN, if he still has the same competitive drive now, he had when he first broke into the business, & more. 

With all of the focus entering Sunday's game on the health of Bryce Young, who has been ruled out of the Week 3 contest, you may have overlooked the fact that there is a game to be played, and even Seattle is dealing with injuries of their own. The Seahawks, who are 1-1, after opening the season with a loss to the Rams, before winning in Detroit last weekend, boast one of the more efficient offenses in the NFL, even with Charles Cross not 100% healthy. Cross, was not a participant in practice today, and if he's not able to go, that opens the door for Brian Burns to feast all game long.  

Believe it or not, after an 0-2 start, the season is in fact not over for the Carolina Panthers. although to hear the fans say it, it might as well be. Sure history might not be on Carolina's side to win the NFC South or make the postseason as a wild card, but were those ever realistic expectations, for a franchise that hired a new head coach, and drafted a rookie QB? Now look, it is fair to say that you may not have expected the offense to look as bad as it has to start the season, or you didn't think the team would miss Austin Corbett as much as they have, but it still doesn't justify the outrage and frustration after two weeks. Whether the Panthers admitted publicly or not, this is a franchise in transition, and that is exactly what we're seeing on the football field. 

Last night's loss to the New Orleans Saints, dropped the Carolina Panthers to 0-2 on the 2023 season, with both losses coming in the division, and as you could imagine, the fallout has been extreme. After trading up to draft Bryce Young in the NFL Draft, after hiring an all-star coaching staff, expectations were high for the Panthers to return to being competitive both in the division and in the NFC overall. And while all of those things are still possible, given the struggles on the offensive side of the football, it's harder to see that vision coming to fruition this season. 

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 3-0, ranked inside the top 20, and have a legitimate shot at getting back to the ACC Championship Game in December, in large part, because of their QB Drake Maye. Yet, there are those who believe that Maye, who entered the season as a proverbial top 5 pick in next year's NFL Draft, and a sleeper for the Heisman Trophy, hasn't played at the highest level to start the season.

This time last week, it was unclear whether or not Brian Burns would suit up in the season opener against the Falcons, after a hold-in, as he was hoping to receive a new contract. While Burns would eventually suit up, and perform at a high level, he still hasn't received a new contract. Now that won't impact his status for Monday's game against the Saints, it is worrisome that he hasn't received a new contract. Nick Bosa of the 49ers, earned a big payday just before the season started, and Chris Jones of the Chiefs, received a new contract, after missing their season-opening loss to the Lions. Meanwhile, Burns is still playing on his current agreed upon contract.

After Jets quarterback, Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending injury on the fourth play of the game against the Bills, the outlook for that position is currently up in the air. Publicly the Jets have made it known that they are confident in Zach Wilson after he helped lead them to a comeback win on Monday night, but this is a guy who was benched in favor of journeymen backups just last season. With the move to trade for Rodgers, the Jets are built to win now, and for guys like Robert Saleh, and Joe Douglas, they can't afford to see another losing season go by. 

The first week of the NFL season is officially in the books for the Carolina Panthers. After suffering a 24-10 defeat to a division rival, the Atlanta Falcons, the overreactions are already out in full force. There's no denying that #! overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Bryce Young struggled in his first NFL game, as he was 20-38, for 146 yards, with one touchdown, and two interceptions. Furthermore, Young was 0-7 on passes 13 yards or further, as they struggled to move the ball through the air from start to finish.

The 2023 college football season is in full swing, with Week 2 already underway. When you look back at Week 1, one of the more impressive results, was North Carolina routing South Carolina 31-17, in the Duke's Mayo Classic. Drake Maye, who is considered a consensus top-5 pick in next year's draft, and a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, played well, throwing for two touchdowns. 

The preseason has been over for a week now, but that doesn't mean that the opinions on Bryce Young's first preseason have slowed down any. Over the course of the three exhibition games, Young went 14-24, for 129 yards, and one passing touchdown. In the preseason finale against the Lions, the #1 picked looked the part, going 7-12, for 73 yards, and a touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. That was enough to calm down some concerns that maybe the Panthers invested the #1 pick in the wrong QB. 

The 2023 college football season gets underway this weekend, with a handful of Week 0 games, before the season gets into full swing next weekend across the Labor Day holiday. Among the many questions across the sports landscape, involves the Clemson Tigers, a perennial power in the 2010s, that has missed the College Football Playoff the last two seasons. As the sport has changed in recent years with the arrival of NIL, and the ability to transfer without penalty, Dabo Sweeney hasn't been very welcoming to the new way the game is being played, and many believe that is the reason for his programs' "drop". Let's not act like the last two seasons have been bad, as Clemson has won 21 combined games, captured another ACC championship, and went to another New Year's Six bowl game. But when the expectation is a national title or bust, it's easy to see why there are doubts that Clemson has staying power in the new world of college football.

In the modern era of college football, offense is the name of the game, and it's hard to be a national title contender unless you're capable of scoring over 40 points per game. When Clemson was winning national titles with Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence, the Tigers were generally among the best offensive programs in the country. Since Lawrence departed for the NFL, Clemson hasn't had the same level of offensive output, and that's the biggest reason why the Tigers haven't made the College Football Playoff since losing to LSU in the 2021 national championship game.

The final week of the preseason is officially upon us, but that doesn't mean the hot takes or the overreactions aren't already in midseason form. The Panthers, who are 0-2 in the preseason, after losses to the Giants and the Jets, will host the Lions on Friday night to close out the 2023 preseason. While the record is irrelevant to the matter, there is no denying that Carolina has looked sluggish with their starters on the field, which has led to skepticism both locally, and nationally. Michael Lombardi has gone as far as to say that Frank Reich won't have his team adequately prepared for the season opener at Atlanta on September 10th, and even questions how he got another head coaching job in the NFL. 

Even though it was a preseason game, the Panthers didn't expect to get overwhelmed by the Jets like they did last Saturday losing 27-0. Frank Reich admitted that Carolina didn't do much scheming going into the game and as a result. his offense was shut out, and he had a hard time getting past midfield. The biggest reason that Carolina failed to put any points on the board, was in large part due to their inability to win at the line of scrimmage, as the Jets' second unit dominated from the start. This theme carried over from the joint practice session. An abysmal performance across the board from Carolina's unit, led to a meeting after the game, with a fired-up James Campen, one of the more respected offensive line coaches in the NFL. 

The Carolina Panthers enter the 2023 season with the hopes of competing for a NFC South division title, as they seek to end the second-longest playoff drought in franchise history. The franchise underwent a major makeover after they fired Matt Rhule last October, hiring Frank Reich, the first offensive-minded head coach in team history. With all the moves made on that side of the football, drafting Bryce Young #1 overall, and bringing in great assistants like Josh McCown, and Thomas Brown, it's the defense that gives Carolina a chance to play meaningful football into January.

Entering the 2023 season, the biggest question on offense outside of Bryce Young is who will emerge as the number one pass target for the rookie signal caller. When Carolina made the move to trade up to #1, they sent DJ Moore to Chicago, therefore taking away the best receiver from the eventually drafted Alabama prospect. Carolina made moves during free agency, signing Adam Thielen after a stellar run with the Vikings, and DJ Chark away from the Detroit Lions. They didn't stop there, as they also used a second-round pick on Jonathan Mingo, out of Ole Miss, to give Bryce Young another weapon. Even with the additions to the wide receiver room, and the addition of Hayden Hurst, who plays tight end, there still isn't a clear #1 wide receiver on the roster, something that most teams that make the postseason typically have. 

The moves on the offensive side of the football this off-season have garnered the most attention for the Panthers this off-season, and rightfully so, trading up to the #1 pick to draft Bryce Young, hiring Frank Reich, Josh McCown, and Thomas Brown, among other moves. But the reason to be optimistic about the Panthers' hopes of competing in 2023, is on the defensive side of the ball, where the hire of Ejero Evero, is poised to take the defense from good to great. One of the many players expected to benefit from the Evero hire is safety Jeremy Chinn, who is looking to recapture his big-play skills from his rookie season, where he finished second in the Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. 

The left tackle spot was a point of contention for many Panther fans for a while, but the position looks to be locked down for the foreseeable future. Ikem Ekwonu, who the team drafted with the No. 6 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, is coming off a really solid rookie season for the team […]

When Mike Hill made the decision to fire Will Healy eight games into the 2022 season, he knew then that he was going to have to think outside the box, to find the right guy to lead his football program. Healy was able to guide the 49ers to their first-ever bowl game, but could never build off that season, and with Charlotte set to make the move to the AAC, they needed someone capable of taking the team to new heights. 

When you think about the Dabo Swinney era at Clemson, the first thing you'll think about will be the annual trips to the College Football Playoff, the multiple national championships, and the countless conference championships. And as you could imagine, the play of the quarterback during that time is the main reason for all that success. While Tajh Boyd never won a national championship, he's the QB that helped get Dabo's program back into the national spotlight, taking the Tigers to back-to-back BCS bowl games. Following Boyd, was Deshaun Watson, one of the highest-rated recruits to ever commit to Clemson, and he didn't disappoint, taking the team to the College Football Playoff in consecutive seasons, winning one national title, and losing in another. After Watson, comes Trevor Lawrence, an even higher-rated recruit, who didn't disappoint either, losing only one game as a starter, while taking the Tigers to a third national title, and losing in another. 

When you look back at the 2022 college football season, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better story in the sport, than what happened in Durham, NC. Mike Elko was inheriting a Duke program that had slipped in recent years under David Cutcliffe after he had taken the program to heights they hadn't seen since the Steve Spurrier days. Every coach sells a program with a vision of winning games on a regular basis and competing for division titles, and conference championships. Even though Elko would never admit it, he didn't that would be possible in the first season, and yet he led Duke to a 9-4 record, with a bowl win, as they exceeded every expectation and then some. 

It's not often you see two giants in their respective sports agree to play one another in their home venues, but that's what North Carolina and Kansas have agreed to do, starting in 2024. The Tar Heels will travel to Lawrence for the second time ever, and the first time since 1960, next year, with Kansas set to make their first-ever trip to Chapel Hill the following season. College basketball is a sport built on its blue bloods, which Carolina and Kansas both qualify as. Combined, they have 10 national championships and 37 Final Fours. North Carolina is first in Final Four appearances, and first in NCAA Tournament victories. Meanwhile, Kansas ranks in the top seven for wins, Final Fours, and national championships. 

Josh Graham joins Wes & Walker to discuss ECU Football and how they look going into the 2023 season. The Pirates have a very tough start to the schedule with week one at Michigan. This game is bound to be a rude awakening to the season as Michigan is an absolute powerhouse in football and […]

It's been five days since the NBA Draft took place, as the Charlotte Hornets, drafted Brandon Miller #2 overall, along with Nick Smith Jr in the first round, as Charlotte used four of their five picks in the entirety of the draft. The focus now turns to free agency, which gets underway later this week, and the Hornets have plenty of decisions to make. First off, they have to decide whether or not they are not going to bring back Miles Bridges or not. That decision very well could well impact if PJ Washington will be back in Charlotte, as he's a restricted free agent this summer. Ever since they signed Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward to massive contracts, it has felt like they've been trying to trade, one or the other, if not both. Is that an option this summer, as Charlotte looks to retool their roster around LaMelo Ball, Mark Williams, and now Brandon Miller? And if not, how does Charlotte fill out their roster, if they don't make any major moves? Those questions will start getting answered later this weekend, with the start of free agency beginning on Friday.

The NBA Draft is just over 48 hours away, and the rumors are heating up, in regards to who the Hornets are going to pick #2 on Thursday night. Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier today that Brandon Miller has been the favorite during the draft process, with the idea of him being the perfect fit to pair with LaMelo Ball. Earlier tonight, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Miller is the frontrunner to be the #2 pick, and has been the focus for the Hornets for some time. 

Earlier this week, the New Orleans Pelicans said they are interested in trading up to the #2 or #3 pick in the NBA Draft and are willing to part ways with either Zion Williamson or Brandon Ingram to make it happen. The Hornets own the #2 pick and are in the process of determining whether or not to draft Scoot Henderson or Brandon Miller. Today, Michael Jordan agreed to sell his majority stakes in the organization but will stay on through the NBA Draft, and the start of free agency, and before he leaves his ownership role, he may have one more big decision to make. 

We're only nine days away from the 2023 NBA Draft, and yesterday, Shams Charania of The Athletic, reported that the New Orleans Pelicans, are interested in trading up to either #2 or #3, to draft Scoot Henderson. Of course, by now you know that the Hornets own the #2 pick, and it isn't clear what direction they are going next Thursday night. Should Charlotte be interested in trading away the #2 pick, for either Zion Williamson or Brandon Ingram? Both have ties to the area, with both having played their college basketball at Duke and Williamson, being from Spartanburg, SC, and Ingram from Kinston, NC. 

We are officially less than two weeks away from the 2023 NBA Draft, and while the Hornets are still doing their homework on who to take at #2, they have plenty of things that need to be addressed shortly after the Draft as well. With the Hornets being a small market franchise, they operate in a manner that not many people have any insight into what's going on inside that building. One of the few people who have an inside track on what's going on, is Jake Fischer, from Yahoo! Sports, and he joined the Wes & Walker Show on WFNZ to talk about the many things on the Hornets' to-do list this summer. 

Earlier today, when meeting with the local media, Panthers head coach, Frank Reich announced that Bryce Young is now QB1 for the Carolina Panthers, as OTA's wind down, and minicamp is around the corner. Reich stated that this decision follows the timeline, from when Young was drafted first overall, as the plan was to gradually allow him to progress to this point. Even with Young now being QB1, Reich was non-commital on naming Young the starter for the season opener at Atlanta this September. 

After five seasons, Ron Sanchez officially stepped down as the head basketball coach at Charlotte. Sanchez resigned so that he could return to Tony Bennett's bench at Virginia. Sanchez was 72-78 during his tenure with the program but failed to make the NCAA Tournament. This news broke during the Wes & Walker Show on WFNZ, and it allowed two guys that care about Charlotte basketball to give their thoughts. 

Come this Thursday, we'll be two weeks away from the 2023 NBA Draft, and the debate about what the Hornets should do at #2 is only heating up. Scoot Henderson has limited his workouts to just two teams, the Hornets and Blazers, showing a level of confidence in himself that you almost have to admire. Meanwhile, Brandon Miller is going to work out for at least 12 teams, as his landing spot isn't as known, given his off-the-court issues, and that's something that even Charlotte themselves have to be aware of. 

We're officially less than three weeks away from the 2023 NBA Draft, and the debate between Scoot Henderson and Brandon Miller is heating up. Charlotte has to decide if it's best to draft another point guard to pair with LaMelo Ball in the backcourt, or to draft the ideal wing in today's NBA, as they try to put last season behind them and try to make it back to the NBA postseason. 

The NBA Finals get underway tonight, as the Nuggets will host the Heat in Game 1 of the Finals. Both teams have been built differently, as Denver has drafted and developed their stars in Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Meanwhile, while Miami did draft Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, they've acquired Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry in free agency. Either way, both have built a consistent winners and will be a force in the NBA for the foreseeable future. 

When the NBA Finals tip-off this Thursday night in Denver, it will also mark the NBA Draft being three weeks away, as teams around the league will continue to fill out their draft boards, with the #1 pick already an afterthought. The Charlotte Hornets own the#2 pick, and that's is really where the draft starts, especially with the Blazers, who currently own the #3 pick, open to trading for a veteran piece to pair with Damian Lillard.

It's Memorial Day Weekend, and that means NASCAR is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway, for the 2023 running of the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race in the sport. The sport as a whole is coming off back-to-back great weekends, as they celebrated their 75th season at Darlington on Mother's Day weekend, and last weekend, they held their All-Star event at North Wilkesboro, the first time that Cup Series cars were on the track since 1997.

The 2023 NBA Draft is less than a month away, and last week after the Hornets moved up to the #2 pick, the debate began regarding who they pick should be after the lottery. Brandon Miller had a stellar freshman season at Alabama, helping guide the Crimson Tide to the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and a trip to the Sweet 16. His NBA comp has long been Paul George of the Clippers, and when healthy, he is one of the best two-way players in all of basketball. While a majority of NBA draft analysts see Paul George in Miller, that belief isn't true for everybody, including the host of the Wes & Walker Show on WFNZ, Walker Mehl.

Charlotte will get to hear and experience “Wes & Walker”  on Sports Radio 92.7 WFNZ,  Monday through Friday, 12pm – 3pm. “Wes & Walker” is the combination of Charlotteans Wes Bryant and Walker Mehl.  Wes comes to WFNZ with an extensive media background in the world of sports. He is a host, producer, editor and voice-over artist for the ACC Digital Network in Charlotte.  Wes has […]

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