SBJ/20100816/A Day in the Life

Game Day with Danny Morrison

Danny Morrison’s first training camp as Carolina Panthers president was a homecoming. The Panthers train at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., where Morrison played basketball and later served as athletic director. As AD, Morrison was instrumental in securing the Panthers as a summer tenant. Morrison let SportsBusiness Journal join him Aug. 2 for a long day at camp.

Text by Don Muret
Photos by Nancy Pierce (14) and Don Muret (2)

6:50AM Morrison stops at Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ’n Biscuits, a Panthers sponsor, to get a large sweet tea and a country ham biscuit.

9:42AM Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, recovering from an injury, chats with Morrison.

9:54AM Morrison greets Colby Dennis of Charlotte. Her family was among season-ticket holders invited to use a tent near the field to watch practice.

10:12AM Spartanburg architect Ron Smith and Morrison discuss developing land near the practice fields.

10:49AM Morrison checks in with Panthers general manager Marty Hurney during the day’s first practice.

11:11AM Morrison visits with a member of the Panthers Pals, kids who volunteer to carry players’ equipment.

11:45AM Members of the Young family, owners of WJPI-AM in Plymouth, N.C., have their photo taken with Morrison at a lunch for season-ticket holders, sponsors and media partners. The gospel music station is part of the Panthers radio network.

12:13PM After speaking with supporters, Morrison eats a light lunch at the training table.

12:43PM On the move again, Morrison drives a few blocks to meet with the local Lions Club.

1:21PM Morrison is introduced at the Lions Club luncheon, where some older members of the civic group fondly recall his tenure as Wofford’s AD.

2:29PM Wofford rising senior Clark Witzleben (left) and father Charles sit with Morrison to discuss a potential internship for Clark with the Panthers’ marketing department.

2:57PM Morrison ducks into his office to make a few phone calls and check his e-mail.

4:13PM Morrison runs the steps of Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium with Panthers broadcaster Mick Mixon.

6:23PM Morrison visits with a young Panthers fan at a dinner for season-ticket holders at the Jerry Richardson Physical Education Building. Panthers owner Richardson also graduated from Wofford.

7:28PM James Robert “Radio” Kennedy, second from left, joins Morrison, Panthers media services manager Deedee Mills and Harold Jones, retired football coach at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C. Kennedy and Jones are special guests for the evening’s movie being shown to fans.

8:46PM Morrison talks with more Panthers fans as “Radio” plays on an inflatable screen. The 2003 movie tells the true story of Kennedy, a developmentally disabled person befriended  by Jones and his football team.

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