Following a stint as an analyst for ESPN’s, “NFL Insiders,” former Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney is set to begin a new career as a sports radio talk show host beginning next week.
Joining Hurney will be former WBT-AM (1110) host Al Gardner and the duo’s show, to debut Monday at ESPN 730 from 1pm-3pm will be named, “Hurney and Gardner.”
Prior to being the Panthers General Manager
for 10 seasons before being let go by the organization in October of 2012, Hurney had experience in the media field as a sportswriter for the Washington Times before joining Carolina in 1998.
The General Manager who oversaw the franchise’s lone Super Bowl appearance and drafted the cornerstones of the franchise in Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, was fired following the team’s 1-5 start to begin the 2012 campaign.
Hurney was unable to save his position due to classic doomed decisions such as moving up and giving up draft picks to select players like Jimmy Clausen, Armanti Edwards, and Jeff Otah. None of these players panned out and are no longer members of the team. Owner Jerry Richardson’s hand was forced after the team struggled early in the 2012 season.
With the long list of poor draft decisions, Hurney also dealt out several outrageous contracts during his tenure. The high volume of contracts given to Panthers with injury history included: DeAngelo Williams (5 years, $43 million in 2011), Jonathan Stewart (6 years, $37.8 million in 2012), Jon Beason (6 years, $51.3 millionin 2011), and Thomas Davis (5 years, $36.5 million in 2011) didn’t earn Hurney much support after the team’s trouble in 2012.
As a result of the Hurney’s show, “The Pulse,” hosted by Bobby Rosinski and Chris Allison will move to 3pm and end at 7pm on ESPN 730 starting Monday.