Apparently, the Butch Davis-to-FIU speculation can cease.
The lawyer for the former North Carolina and Miami head coach confirmed to both the Tampa Tribune and Miami Herald Sunday that his client will remain as a special assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “[Davis] will not be taking the FIU job,” Davis’ attorney, Jon Sasser, told the Herald.
No reason was given for the abrupt about-face on Davis’ part.
The lawyer’s acknowledgement seemingly ends nearly a month’s worth of rumor that first surfaced when Mario Cristobal was unexpectedly fired by the school.
Christmas Eve, the Herald reported that would be the next head coach at FIU. That report was quickly knocked down by the athletic director, with Pete Garcia labeling it “totally false.”
Four days later, FOXSports.com reported that FIU is “set to sign Davis to a multiyear contract averaging roughly $500,000 a season.” The hold up, per that website, was the fact that UNC did not want to pay the remainder of the buyout owed to Davis — $1.77 million spread evenly over the next three years — if he accepted the FIU job.
According to Sasser, there was never any type of settlement agreement between UNC and Davis, intimating that the school did nothing to block the coach from taking the FIU job.
For the second time in less than a month, two members of the Purdue football program have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
This time around it’s a pair of freshmen, linebacker Wyatt Cook and defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who are in a bit of a predicament, with the Indianapolis Star reporting that both players were arrested over the weekend. Cook was charged with minor consumption of alcohol while Turner was charged with possession of marijuana.
No details of what led to the arrests and charges were made public. The program is aware of the incident, but have not stated what if any punishment either could be facing.
Cook was a three-star member of this year’s recruiting class, Turner a two-star. Neither has played in a game this season.
In the middle of last month, two freshmen cornerbacks, Evyn Cooper and David Rose, were arrested and charged in connection to stolen bicycles. Those two were members of this year’s recruiting class as well.
It is no secret that Under Armour is making a nice serious push in acquiring university apparel deals, but the Texas Longhorns is not one it will be likely to whisk away from The Swoosh. According to one report from the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas officials broke off a meeting with Under Armour and are now expected to stay with Nike moving forward.
The University of Texas has been a partner with Nike since 2000. The contract between the two gives Nike an exclusive window in which it can match or improve on any offers made to the school from rival companies such as Under Armour or Adidas. It is unknown if Under Armour made a formal offer to Texas or how much such an offer could have been valued. What is pretty much commonly known is the Texas brand is still a nice asset in the athletics apparel business, even if the Longhorns are struggling on the football field. Having Texas wear your gear is still a quality investment, which makes Texas a highly sought-after commodity.
Per the American-Statesman report, Texas is expected to sign what would be the biggest deal currently going in collegiate athletics. Considering the handsome deal recently signed between Nike and Michigan, that would mean Texas would be looking forward to more than $169 million from Nike. Michigan signed a 15-year contract valued at $169 million, which will bring an end to its current relationship with Adidas in 2016. As part of the deal, Michigan will become the first football program to wear the Jordan brand logo on its football uniforms. Could Texas be the next? For now that is just something to ponder.
Nike recently lost partners at Arizona State and Miami. Last year Notre Dame began a new partnership with Under Armour, signing a $90 million contract.