As head coach, he led the Panthers to their only Super Bowl appearance. "I told John today that I appreciate everything he has done for us over the last nine years, but as happens in this business, it is time for both sides to move in different directions," Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said.
Fox, 55, had a 78-73 record in Carolina, though the Panthers are 2-13 this season. A rift had reportedly developed between Fox and Richardson. Fox did not have a contract for next season.