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Update: FIU calls reports of Butch Davis hire ‘totally false’

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Two seasons after his unceremonious exit from North Carolina, Butch Davis has found his way back into the coaching game.  Reportedly.

Patrick Nohe of the Miami Herald wrote in a tweet earlier this afternoon that he “can confirm that the next head coach of FIU will be Butch Davis.”  The school has yet to confirm the hiring of the former UNC and Miami head coach.

The move comes a week after Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz reportedly pulled his name from consideration.

The 61-year-old Davis, currently working as a special assistant in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, would replace Mario Cristobal, who was abruptly and surprisingly canned earlier this month.

Davis was fired by the Tar Heels a month before the start of the 2011 season in the midst of a scandal involving impermissible benefits to football players as well as academic improprieties.  The NCAA did not directly accuse Davis of any wrongdoing in handing down sanctions on the football program, and the coach has long maintained his innocence.

This past summer, Davis made it clear that he would like to return to coaching.  Davis had hoped to be a serious candidate for the USF job, which ultimately went to Willie Taggart.  He was also mentioned as a candidate for the Tennessee and Arkansas vacancies.

With the hiring, assuming it indeed comes to fruition, there will be no head coaching vacancies at the FBS level.  For now.

UPDATED 8:39 p.m. ET: FIU athletic director Pete Garcia told the Miami Herald — the same paper that broke Davis’ apparent hiring — that “Butch Davis is not the FIU football coach. That story is totally false.”

So, there’s that.

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10 Responses to “Update: FIU calls reports of Butch Davis hire ‘totally false’”
  1. thegamecocker says: Dec 24, 2012 2:54 PM

    Good luck Coach Davis! I hope you are doing well health wise also. That is more important than anything. The Gamecocker

  2. dolfan1 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:03 PM

    Look out Canes….. If they get into a major conference…. there all in on there sports programs(unlike the Canes Donna Shalala…. 50,000 students and a on campus stadium in the heart of the best recruiting area in the country!

  3. snccoach says: Dec 24, 2012 3:52 PM

    Oh the irony. Butch Davis gets hired on Christmas Eve, and the guy who helped him get a one way ticket out of Chapel Hill was John “Santa Claus” Blake.

  4. bigdinla says: Dec 24, 2012 4:18 PM

    FIU will be the first ever SunBelt team to get the death penalty!

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 24, 2012 5:43 PM

    Butch will kick some recruiting ass at FIU. I cant believe he didnt get picked up by a major school.

  6. digbysellers says: Dec 24, 2012 6:33 PM

    No go on this one. Plus, I knew a fella named Butch in high school and he always dressed like a hobo and smelled like a hockey equipment bag…ruined that name for me forever.

  7. ruggyup says: Dec 24, 2012 7:57 PM

    Good stuff FIU. Three(3) years from now you will be on NCAA probation. Enjoy.

  8. 35longmiles says: Dec 24, 2012 10:53 PM

    Will be quite rich to watch FIU start kicking UM’s ass. Oh, UM will have too many reasons to not have FIU On their schedule.

    (Click dislike NOW canefan)

  9. tg1896 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:09 AM

    The NCAA did not directly accuse Davis of any wrongdoing.

    What ever happened to journalistic integrity? Why don’t you say it exactly the way the NCAA did? They investigated UNC and Butch Davis. They found that Davis did nothing wrong. It’s simple – he was fired because he was in charge. I’m not saying that’s a bad idea. But there’s no need to trash someone unnecessarily.

    I hope he lands a good gig.

  10. truwarier90 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:33 AM

    butch is an idiot, he left a potential dynasty at miami in 2001 to coach some scrubs in cleveland, if he stayed at “THE U” he would have been a legend like bo schembecler, bear bryant, etc., instead he got greedy and got a little sabanitis, and now all that job chasing got him was to be desperate for a juco type program at fiu.

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