New Carolina Panthers Owner wants a connection with high school football

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New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is evidently a supporter of high school football. During his introductory news conference Tuesday in Charlotte, Tepper, who bought the NFL franchise for $2.2 billion, said he’d like to see Bank of America Stadium be the host site for the North Carolina high school football championships.

“Everything goes hand-in-hand in this community,” said Tepper. “It’s not just the business things, it’s a matter of things like high school games. I kind of think that high school championships should be played in that stadium. That’s what I think because that’s part of the community — I don’t want to screw up the field, but I think there should be more bigger events there.”

Last year, the state’s eight state championship games were split between Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Charlotte hasn’t hosted the state title games since 1987.

Related: Wake Forest finishes No. 1 in HSFA NC Top 10

The 105th North Carolina state football championships are set for December 8th this year.

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.