After Saturday’s season-opening win against James Madison University, interim head football coach Everett Withers gave partial credit to his predecessor Butch Davis.
Though deserved, that credit should shift more and more toward Withers as the season progresses. And if he keeps winning, Withers should be given proper attention in the search for a full-time replacement.
At least for the first game, it appears that Withers has successfully blocked out all off-the-field distractions and set in motion a season that could again prove dramatic — but for the right reasons.
The University’s goal in hiring the next head coach should be to rebuild the program in the right way. The program needs to recruit players who exude academic integrity as well as athletic prowess.
Davis built the program into one full of talented football players.