Here’s a quote about embattled Univ. of North Carolina football coach Butch Davis from one of his coaching colleagues:
“That program is direly in need of discipline. But that’s not Butch’s forte. Butch is so strong in so many areas, but that’s not his strength. He’s going to need help there. He’s never had to discipline.”
Former Dallas Cowboys assistant Joe Brodsky said that to the Miami Herald - in 1995.
Days earlier Davis had been hired by then-Univ. of Miami Athletic Director Paul Dee to clean up the Hurricanes football program after it’d been struck with NCAA sanctions following years of flouting NCAA rules. (Dee most recently headed the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions and oversaw the dismantling of the USC football program.)
While coach of the Hurricanes, Davis said in 1999 of his program, “I want to win, but not at all costs. I want to win with class and integrity.”
Then there’s this ironic quip from Davis in 2000 as he discussed to the NEW YORK TIMES how he hired his own agent:
“I wanted someone whose integrity and honesty were above reproach. I wanted to make sure that we talked about facilities, that we talked about the assistant coaches’ salaries, that we talked about our academic support system.”
Less than a decade after resurrecting college football’s most notorious program, Davis is currently overseeing a team that may have committed the most egregious NCAA violations since SMU was given the death penalty in 1987.
Those violations, involving now-departed UNC assistant coach John Blake, were recently and meticulously detailed by Yahoo reporter Charles Robinson. The same Robinson who, along with reporter Jason Cole, broke the news of Reggie Bush’s astonishingly brazen impropriety while a football player at USC. Robinson’s reporting proved accurate and extensive enough for the NCAA to drop the hammer of the Trojan football program.
Now UNC’s Davis is staring down Robinson’s barrel, and from his comments in response to this week’s Yahoo revelations, he isn’t handling it well. Or worse. Read more…