Meant to post this earlier, but the debate as to whether I should hang around Spartanburg or come back home was kind of one-sided. Everybody's happier now, and I don't say that selfishly.
The Panthers have shrunk training camp as much as they can, finishing up their 15th year there with a practice that was gentle, but long.
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Less than three weeks after it started, it's already over.
If they go any shorter, there's not much point in coming to Wofford. And as long as coach John Fox and GM Marty Hurney have a say, they always will.
But camp's gone from a four-week, 37-practice affair five years ago to a rapid, 22-session experience. Fox has tried to monitor the work, make sure he doesn't wear his team out.
But even he laughed when asked if the trend would continue.
"If somebody goes four weeks and wins the Super Bowl you could," he said when asked if he could see shorter camps get longer.
There's no word yet as to the contract with Wofford, which effectively expired today. But both sides shrug when asked, with a universal assumption that an extension will be reached.
As glad as I am to be home -- and judging by the luxury sedan traffic around me, they are too -- there's a reason they do this. There's a camaraderie they build at Wofford that you can't replicate in the stadium.
So for the injuries which threaten the future, they still like the process of coming to camp, and coming to Spartanburg.
That's where they build, and grow.
It's just that it's one of those things best realized from afar.