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Butch Davis releases statement on dismissal

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As you have no doubt heard by now, North Carolina Wednesday dismissed head coach Butch Davis, a move that was head-scratching and inexplicable if for nothing more than its timing.

UNC chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour will meet with the media at 11 a.m. ET Thursday morning to address the dismissal, but, ahead of the press conference, Davis has issued a rather lengthy statement regarding the school’s decision a week before the start of summer camp and roughly five weeks before the start of the season.

In the statement, Davis expressed disappointment and sadness over the move while once again reiterating that he “personally did nothing wrong” when it came to the twin scandals that ultimately cost him his job.  Additionally, Davis said he will not be doing interviews and did not address what his future may or may not hold, in part because he doesn’t want it to be a distraction for the players and coaches left behind.

Here’s the text of the statement, in its entirety:

“My family and I were surprised and saddened to learn that I have been relieved of my duties as head football coach at Carolina. I am not naïve enough to have ever considered this situation anything less than a serious matter and a significant priority. I have worked as hard as possible to address all aspects of the program that have been questioned. I fully believe we were on our way to getting past these issues and moving ahead in a positive direction.

“My family and I have been able to endure this difficult period in our lives for several reasons: First and foremost, as a family we have known all along that I personally did nothing wrong. That is the truth. Second, we have also had remarkable support from friends, family, the players, our coaching staff and so many others within the Tar Heel community. That these players and coaches were able to achieve the success they did last season, under such circumstances, makes me enormously proud.

“Moving forward, I wish only the best for the current team and coaches. For the players in particular, I wish them nothing but success on the field and in the classroom. The coaches already know how I feel about them. I couldn’t be more proud of their hard work and dedication. In fact, during the past year or so, my respect and love for our players, the coaching staff and the football administrative staff has grown enormously. It’s a wonderful group of people and I will miss them all.

“For now, I will not be doing any interviews. Perhaps in time I will feel more comfortable about discussing my future. But for now, it’s important to move on as smoothly as possible, because I absolutely do not want to add any further distraction for the players and coaching staff as they approach the 2011 season.”

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9 Responses to “Butch Davis releases statement on dismissal”
  1. polegojim says: Jul 28, 2011 9:41 AM

    Class act, straight up man, and nice statement Butch.

    Too bad Thorp, Badour, and UNC general didn’t match your qualities.

  2. jpiro says: Jul 28, 2011 9:43 AM

    You weren’t fired because you “did nothing wrong,” Butch. You were fired because you did nothing.

    Sticking your head in the sand while your players AND your coaches were committing major violations all around you doesn’t absolve you of culpability.

    And when you ask the public to assume that you actually didn’t know what John Blake was doing (a guy you’ve known since you coached him in HIGH SCHOOL), you’re essentially saying we’re as blind and stupid as you claim to have been.

    I find that insulting, even if you don’t.

  3. dukesanuch says: Jul 28, 2011 9:50 AM

    It’s time to wipe the tears away and sign Mike Leach now. The fact that he is at odd’s with ESPN and the NCAA should be proof enough that he runs a clean program. I would love to see UNC and The U go to battle every year with Golden and Leach at their respective helms.

  4. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jul 28, 2011 10:23 AM

    Leach will get another shot soon. I dont think at UNC. Probably at Purdue next year when Danny Hopeless gets canned.

  5. thegonz13 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:56 AM

    Have to agree with jpiro. Not knowing what was going on is not an excuse. His job was not limited to X’s and O’s; his job included overseeing the entire program.

  6. carolinajimbo says: Jul 28, 2011 11:42 AM

    Carolina has wanted its football program to mirror the basketball program since they hired Mack Brown. I still hope they do. But enough of these coaches with big names and heavy baggage.

  7. thetooloftools says: Jul 28, 2011 1:55 PM

    I believe Butch Davis wasn’t forthright with UNC. I’m sure Butch didn’t tell them the real story until the reports came out. What Butch Davis did to The Cleveland Browns tells me all I need to know. He a shyster. He’s the Bill Laimbeer (what.. who.. me) of coaches. Just road Jimmy Johnson’s coat tails. He will never be a head coach in the NFL again, that is for sure.
    No tears for this guy.

  8. polegojim says: Jul 28, 2011 4:17 PM

    You guys are killing me.

    I’m not defending Butch’s lack of production – I personally would have fired him back in December… but if you think for one second that they fired him over that – you’re crazy.

    You’re telling me that the non-performance didn’t bother them ALL Winter and ALL Spring, and HALF the SUMMER? And they JUST NOW had an epiphany, just before the season starts…. and figured out he should be replaced when the ENTIRE FREAKING College Football Universe took care of this type of business 6-7 months ago?

    If that’s really true, they’re more inept and incompetent than I feared. UNC fans would then have even MORE to worry about.

    Keep drinking that kool-aid, I’m sure Thorp is loving it.

  9. florida727 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:18 PM

    “Ignorance is bliss.” Now I know the second half of that cliche… it’s also unemployed :)

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