Butch Davis

Butch Davis came to UNC in 2006 after being named the head coach in November, midway through the 2006 season. He was fired at the end of July 2011 in connection with the ongoing NCAA investigation.

Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a release that Davis was not dismissed as a result of a specific charge in the investigation, but because the probe had begun to “chip away at this University’s reputation.”

Davis was replaced by defensive coordinator Everett Withers on an interim basis.

Many, including The DTH's editorial board, called for Davis' firing in the wake of numerous NCAA violations discovered during the summer and early fall of 2010. Chancellor Thorp and Athletic Director Dick Baddour had repeatedly expressed confidence in Davis.

Davis came to North Carolina sporting an impressive resume of coaching in both collegiate and pro ranks. Davis was the head coach at both the University of Miami (1995-2000) and the Cleveland Browns (2001-2004). At Miami, he compiled a record of 51-20 in six seasons, including five bowl appearances, before taking the head coaching position at Cleveland, where he went 25-39 through four seasons.

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Davis to release phone records

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning issued a court order Wednesday that requires former UNC head football coach Butch Davis to release some of his cellphone records within 30 days.


Withers and Renner go into 2011 with new leadership roles and big shoes to fill

When Bryn Renner learned that coach Butch Davis had been fired, the quarterback had to let it all sink in a little bit. Even though Renner — whose father coaches Davis’ son Drew at East Chapel Hill High — had yet to start a football game at North Carolina, he and Davis shared a close bond. But while it was tough to see Davis go, Renner wasn’t going to let anything shake his focus less than six weeks away from kickoff.


Edit: Damage control gone wrong

Chancellor Holden Thorp’s long overdue decision to fire head football coach Butch Davis, paired with Athletic Director Dick Baddour’s resignation, represents a much needed reinforcement of UNC’s values. But his attempt at damage control is overshadowed by the months of unnecessary waiting that have left the University’s reputation scarred by scandal.


With wait, damage was done

Chancellor Holden Thorp’s long overdue decision to fire head football coach Butch Davis, paired with Athletic Director Dick Baddour’s resignation, represents a much needed reinforcement of UNC’s values. But his attempt at damage control is overshadowed by the months of unnecessary waiting that have left the University’s reputation scarred by scandal.


North Carolina tries to rebound at Duke

Still smarting after its fourth straight loss to N.C. State on Saturday, the North Carolina football team will have a chance to redeem itself this weekend when it travels to Duke to take on its other in-state conference foe. “It’s something that probably helps your football team in some respects bounce back,” UNC coach Butch Davis said.