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North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:50 pm
 
North Carolina football killed Butch Davis. Not the other way around.

Sure, Davis is to blame for allowing the program to go rogue on his watch but that's part of my logic. A coach successful enough to get to the highest level of the NFL, a man diligent enough to bring Miami back from the brink of scandal in a relatively short amount of time, a man who then basically delivered Miami a national championship, caved.

He caved because he knew North Carolina was not your normal salvage job. Even in the mediocre ACC, North Carolina's football mediocrity stood out. The last coach to win 10 in Chapel was the first to do it in 16 years. Mack Brown got the hell out 14 years ago because he knew it couldn't last. Butch Davis took the job because he was the latest in a line to believe he could make a difference.

But knowing the history of North Carolina football Davis was desperate enough to hire John Blake, a guy he had known for 30 years. That's what makes the events of Wednesday even more tragic. It wouldn't have taken much because Carolina fans don't demand much.

That was Davis' greatest mistake. He should have known better. He didn't have to hire Blake, the coach by his notorious nickname "Black Santa". Davis knew Blake's recruiting coordinator's rep. Hell, it looks like he hired Blake because of the dark side of that rep.

Davis ultimately concluded that Blake is what Carolina needed because it's Carolina. There are reasons why the administration failed time after time to get it right, why a school with a glorious athletic tradition elsewhere has averaged 5 1/2 football wins since 1998. 

It was all there in front of Davis and he was getting close. A BCS bowl was possible, dangling out there in a league that is still waiting to be taken over by Florida State and Miami. Once again, it wouldn't have taken much: All Roy Williams needed was a football program his hoopsters could be proud of.

But John Blake? Really? The guy was apparently funneling players to an agent. Wasn't he making enough money as associate head coach at Carolina? Unlike Ohio State, Carolina got out ahead of this thing for the moment with Blake's forced resignation in September.

You will read elsewhere about how the school has handled the investigation and the timing of the firing but those are just details at this point. Davis' job security has been a topic for months. It matters that the move comes 5 1/2 weeks before kickoff but only if you believe that Carolina is going to get anyone of substance with the NCAA ready to clamp down. That has been a threat for months.

Now we just add Davis to the list of college coaches who are radioactive at the moment: Jim Tressel. Gary Barnett. Mike Leach. These guys would all be great replacements for Davis if they weren't, like him at the moment, unemployable at the college level. Welcome to 21st century college athletics.

Yes, there are other aspects to this story. Davis deserved to be fired because he let the program crumble underneath his feet. The tutor thing is just incomprehensible. It looks like the players were running the program. For all of those in deep thought about the cost-of-attendance issue, ask yourself if $200 a month would have kept some of those entitled Tar Heels happy. It probably wouldn't have paid for a couple of Greg Williams' tickets.

Tie it up in a big Carolina blue bow and the football program resembles Miami at the moment. That would be the program Butch Davis inherited in 1995, not the one he passed on to Larry Coker in 2001.

Renegade-to-renewal never works in reverse.

North Carolina coaching candidates

Before proceeding, let's make sure we're all on the same page here. It would be foolish for any of these coaches to the job right now. Expect Carolina to name an interim -- offensive line coach Sam Pittman was just bumped up to associated head coach. That guy will have to shepherd the program through the Oct. 28 infractions committee hearing. After THAT, comes the penalties perhaps early next year.

So before going all Malzahn or Mullen, consider that the program is most likely going to have its legs chopped off. Still ...

Mike Leach: If Carolina is looking for a proven academic head coach, he's their guy. Leach graduated 80 percent of his players at Texas Tech. It's interesting that Leach's lawsuits and the NCAA penalties could be finalized at the same time. Someone call Match.com.

Bill Cowher: Just keeps getting better with age, by sitting out. Cowher was Urban Meyer before Urban Meyer, content with spending time with his family. Doubt he would want to take on this burden.

Phil Fulmer: Proven. Rested. Ready. Age is a factor. Fulmer will be 61 on Sept. 1.

Gus Malzahn: Hey, he considered bumblin', stumblin' Vandy why not a crippled Carolina?

Dan Mullen: No way. His career is taking off. Why run it into the ground?

Rich Rodriguez: If it weren't for the NCAA violations at Michigan, this would be intriguing.
Comments

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:32 am
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

REALLY? If Butch was so deaf, dumb, and blind he didn't know this serial rule-breaking was going on in
HIS program, he shoulda been fired for pure STUPIDITY anyway.



Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:26 am
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Yes. Many of the TarHeel faithful seem to buy this excuse .  As if ignorance of the law by such an experienced savvy coach as Davis is acceptable.
One of the real head-scratchers in this case is after knifing his 30-yr. "friend" in the back  and dooming Butch's chances to work on the collegiate level ever again , NC gives Blake $75,000 to leave quietly? Was that to get him through the weekend, or what?  Total farce.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:43 pm
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Is there a soul on earth that actually believes that Butch Davis didn't know what John Blake was doing? I don't think so. Players wearing expensive jewelry, driving expensive cars, and taking trips to anywhere and everywhere one their own dime. lmao NOT!!! He knew what was going on and condoned it. He might not have been involved directly in the day to day goings on, but he knew it was happening. Blake was, is, and always will be a scumbag that Davis has been associated with for over 30 years and he claims not to know the character of this man. I feel for a fine university like UNC, but not for him, the athletic director, or any of the money grubbing players that took the bling.



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:50 pm
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Bulls_Life, MIKE LEACH???????????

I agree that the guy can coacn, BUT____  would UNC want a COACH who had been fired by another UNIVERSITY?
I don't think so.
But I didn't think they would keep "KELLER" as long as they did either.

 I think that SKIP HOLTZ would be the PERFECT FIT.
The guy CAN coach and he is " clean as a whistle". LOL_________



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:44 pm
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Dont talk crap. The coach is accountable for everything his team does on or off the field. That includes extras for his players.

Sorry but Davies is guilty whether he knew directly or he turned a blind eye. What has the board of trustees done to be held accountable. They hired the coach to coach the team. This he did not do properly. 



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:20 pm
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Bill Cowher will not go to Carolina.  The red and white run too deep through his veins!



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:18 pm
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

You don't want complete disclosure of the facts - that could bring the whole house down!



Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:59 am
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Blue Heaven really?????

Hate to say it ...They finally got it right- Butchie shoulda been gone sometime ago. Its not the mission of a University to be a farm league for the NFL.  It s about the academics - yes the academics! It was starting to look as though they were going to sell their soul for the sake of keeping Butchie around!  Hopefully it was the new BOG that set Thorpe and Baddour straight on this one. Perhaps they're not done....
And to say Butchie had nothing to do with - be ignorant or complicit as a head coach doesn't relieve you from responsibility - period.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:59 am
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Carolina will get a slap on the wrist, just like Ohio State, just like USC, just like whoever else is cheating, because the NCAA doesn't care.



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:54 pm
 

North Carolina killed Butch Davis

Blue Heaven, you can't be serious.
Prove that "Hellen Keller"  didn't know anything?
Let's start____

Davis had known BLAKE for 30+ years_____ Blake had already been in trouble at previous schools before being hired by Butchy Boy.
yeah,

Wiley was hired as a personal tutor for his own SON prior to writing term papers for UNC football players.

I could go "on and on" but have come to realize that UNC fans are CLUELESS about this situation. 

FIRING DAVIS WAS A MISTAKE ?    ^^^^^^^^

see above ^^^^     statement   

can't wait to see Davis's BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER  ( DICKY B ) get the ax, but the wuss probably will RETIRE first.

BITE THE BULLET UNC fans____ you guy's cheated___ Now you are going to have to pay for it.


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