Florida International is close to naming Butch Davis as the program’s new head coach, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported Monday.
Jones and the school have agreed to a 5-year deal, according to McMurphy.
This move has been in the works for a while. USA Today‘s Dan Wolken has reported for weeks that the job was Davis’s as long as he wanted it. And it appears he does.
Davis, of course, made his name in the college ranks building the Miami dynasty of the early 2000’s before parlaying that success into the Cleveland Browns’ head job. But that was close to 20 years ago: before the players he’ll be recruiting for FIU were born, and when Davis was in his mid-to-late 40’s. (Davis turns 65 on Friday.)
Davis was also the head coach at North Carolina, where he was successful in acquiring talent but unsuccessful in keeping the NCAA’s investigative arm out of Chapel Hill. He spent the 2012-13 seasons as an adviser to the Tampa Bay Bucs and currently works as an analyst for ESPN.
FIU is in the midst of closing out a 3-7 season after firing Ron Turner back on Sept. 25. The Panthers close their season with Marshall on Saturday and at Old Dominion on Nov. 26.