Meet the man who makes sure the Panthers’ grass is always greener

Nice profile of Tom Vaughan by Bryan Strickland for panthers.com:

“Tom Vaughan’s horticulture degree from Clemson includes a concentration in ornamental design, so surely the Panthers’ head groundskeeper for the past 18 seasons has a stack of “Yard of the Month” signs somewhere in his shed.

“What’s the saying: ‘A painter’s house is never painted’? My yard is fine, but it’s been a point of contention between me and my wife,” Vaughan joked. “Everybody needs a break.”

The immaculate tract of turf inside Bank of America Stadium that Vaughan and his staff meticulously tend needs a break as well, but it’s set to see more offseason foot traffic in the coming weeks and perhaps in the coming years.

“I think the biggest thing is always thinking ahead. Whether it’s turf management or the grounds, it’s all about what you do ahead of time and the steps you take along the way.”

Read it all here