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PANTHERS' COACHING CAPER DRAWS TAGLIABUE'S INTEREST
Published January 3, 1995
In the wake of Dom Capers' agreement to become the Panthers' first head coach, team officials will meet today in New York with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to address allegations that they breached league anti-tampering policies in their "courtship" of the Steelers Defensive Coordinator. The team interviewed Capers for the job last Tuesday, but the interview took place without the permission or prior knowledge of Steelers President Dan Rooney. Panthers GM Bill Polian had gained permission from Steelers coach Bill Cowher. NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello confirmed the Panthers could be fined a minimum of $100,000 and/or forced to forfeit draft choices if Tagliabue rules that the team violated league rules. "Privately, Panthers officials concede that they thumbed their noses at the rules because they felt they could get away with the illegal contact" (Len Pasquarelli, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/3).