In the wake of Yahoo!‘s stunning report detailing an apparent financial relationship between former North Carolina assistant coach John Blake and and a current NFL contract agent, the calls for Butch Davis to step down as the Tar Heels’ head coach are already starting to roll in.
While either a resignation or a dismissal for cause may ultimately happen, it’s not happening now. At least not today.
Speaking to reporters Thursday afternoon, Davis was asked if it was in the best interest of the program, given the storm clouds circling around it, for him to resign. It was at that point that Davis got all loquacious on the proceedings.
“No,” the coach responded.
He did, however, expound further when asked if there was anything he would like to say to people who already calling for his head on a platter, silver or otherwise
“I’d like for them to understand that we’re doing everything we can to [be] a class program, to win football games the right way, to graduate players, and that we’re going to do better,” Davis said according to the Charlotte News & Observer. “Anything that I can do, I’m absolutely willing to take a look at our program … and anything we need to do, whether it be from an academic standpoint, looking into the backgrounds of coaches, we’re going to do that.
“In retrospect of that, looking back on, because people have drawn the assumption that because Coach Blake worked outside of college football, clearly that’s something in the future we definitely wouldn’t go down that alley again.”
While saying “you would like to think you would know”, Davis also claimed that he had no knowledge of the alleged financial relationship between Blake and agent Gary Wichard and his company, Pro Tect Management. It was a stance the coach had taken on a radio show earlier in the day when asked about details such as Blake allegedly receiving payments from Wichard’s personal bank, a $45,000 personal loan from the same bank and a credit card issued to Blake in the name of Wichard’s company.
“My first observation is, that, you know, in reference to some of the points in the article, is that people have private lives,” Davis said in an interview with a Raleigh radio station. “No one knows what credit cards that anybody — I don’t know what credit cards you carry, you don’t know what credit cards that I carry — I mean people have private lives. That was a total, absolutely revelation to me. I had no idea, and don’t even know that that’s actually true.”
Wichard, incidentally, could face suspension from the NFLPA for his involvement in the scandal according to another report from Yahoo! that came out this afternoon.
Additionally, the relationship between Wichard and Blake is the subject of an investigation by the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office. Blake, Yahoo! wrote, admitted to state investigators that he had a longstanding financial relationship with Wichard.