Departing North Carolina football coach Butch Davis said in a statement released to the media late Wednesday night that he was shocked to hear of his dismissal.
Davis was fired after four seasons, a 28-23 record with three bowl appearances, and NCAA allegations of nine major violations against his program.
Here is the full text of his statement:
"I was honestly shocked to receive word that I will no longer be the head football coach at the University of North Carolina," Davis said. "I can honestly say that I leave with full confidence that I have done nothing wrong. I was the head coach and I realize the responsibility that comes with that role.
"But I was not personally involved in, nor aware of, any actions that prompted the NCAA investigation. I thank my family for enduring this tough situation. I thank the fans and broader university community who have embraced us and endured these difficult circumstances with poise and grace. To the players, I wish them only the best on the field and academically. The coaches and their families know how much I appreciate their work and dedication. It's a sad day, but I'm certain better times will follow."
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