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Seifert to coach Carolina

George Seifert, who has the best winning percentage of any coach in NFL history, will be the new coach of the Panthers, the Associated Press learned Sunday.

The team would not confirm its choice of Seifert to replace the fired Dom Capers, but AP reported the Panthers were trying to arrange a news conference at Ericsson Stadium today.

Seifert, 58, who has been out of coaching since he left the 49ers after the 1996 season, is to get a multiyear deal with Carolina worth about $2-million a season. In addition to serving as head coach, Seifert is to have a leading role in the team's player personnel moves.

Seifert won 75.5 percent of his games (108-35) with San Francisco from 1989-96.

Three of Capers' assistants _ offensive coordinator Gil Haskell, tight ends coach Don Breaux and wide receivers coach Richard Williamson, the former Bucs head coach _ likely will be retained. Several newspapers have reported that ex-Eagles coach Ray Rhodes could become the defensive coordinator if he can't find another head-coaching job.