Wednesday, July 27, 2011

UNC fires football coach Butch Davis

Two days after “fully and completely” accepting responsibility for the crisis that led to an NCAA investigation into his program , Butch Davis is out as North Carolina’s football coach.

Davis, who was to begin his fifth season when the Tar Heels open fall practice on Aug.  5, was dismissed this evening, Chancellor Holden Thorp announced. Davis was informed by Thorp and athletics director Dick Baddor of the decision, according to a news release.

“To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it’s time to make a change,” Thorp said in the release “What started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this University’s reputation. I have been deliberate in my approach to understanding this situation fully, and I have worked to be fair to everyone involved.

"However, I have lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution. Our academic integrity is paramount and we must work diligently to protect it. The only way to move forward and put this behind us is to make a change.”

Thorp said the decision was not related to any change in the NCAA investigation, but that it was the result of the cumulative damage to the University’s reputation over the past year.

“Athletics and football are an important part of this University, and a successful football program is essential to the overall health of our athletic program,” Thorp said in the statement “That’s why we have to put this behind us and move forward.”

Added Baddour: “The last 13 months have been some of the most difficult that anyone associated with the athletic department and football program have dealt with. At this time, a decision has been made to change the leadership of the football program to help the entire University community move forward.

“I want to thank Butch Davis and his family for their four-plus years of service and dedication to the University and the Chapel Hill community,” continued Baddour. “My staff and I will work with Chancellor Thorp to transition to an interim head coach as soon as possible.

"It is critical that we do all we can to help our students and other staff members on the football team since preseason training camp begins in just eight days.”

Thorp and Baddour will meet with the media on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill (Redbud Room).

Ryan Taylor, a tight end on last year's team and a seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers, said he was disappointed by the decision.

"I think it's going to set the program back 10 years," Taylor said. "I don't quite understand the timing of it because it's going to be tough to recover from it this close to the season."
Robbi Pickeral


blpadge2 said...

What took so long? Now the new Board of Trustees needs to show Dork and Bad-odor the door.

UNC 1988

Anonymous said...

UNC-CHAPEL HILLS reputation may never recover from this. Just wait till they start looking into Roy and the basketball program.

Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

Anonymous said...

This is unreal! Whay is this not screaming on the front page? Because many journalists come from UNC- as do lawyers, judges and other prominent folk. Think about it. UNC hired an "assistant coach" basicaly as a conduit to agents to lure recruits with the a path to the NFL. This "coach" was lavishly paid and WAS NOT a coordinator! UNC waited until a busy "news time" and with the NFL coming back and the theat, and the debt crisis- the timing could not be better. So. When you add it up. What did Butch David get paid per win?

Anonymous said...

In the interests of "full disclosure" I would like to know how many writers for the Observer went to Carolina.

Anonymous said...

Guess the new Pack uniforms take precedence over this story...

Thanks for BURYING this story Disturber! UNCheat Journalism degrees in full force.

Anonymous said...

So Davis gets the axe for something his chating players did?

Like his assistant Withers wasnt in on all the agent phone calls and player cheating behind Daviss back?