Does the Miami Scandal Explain the Timing of Butch Davis’ Firing?
When UNC fired Davis just over a month from the start of the season, Pat Forde of ESPN, along with many others, commented on the incredulous timing. In “Bad Timing on Butch Davis’ Dismissal” Forde writes:
When the NCAA notice of allegations was delivered to the school in June and the Heels were formally charged with nine major violations, Davis’ job was safe.
…Now, boom. He’s gone. After allowing a year of tarnish to build up before taking action.
There could be additional information that went into Carolina’s jarring decision.
I agree with the last statement. Davis, of course, coached at Miami and the allegations now breaking into public view may turn into the biggest scandal since
UNC SMU (if you haven’t read the investigative report by Dan Wetzel, do yourself a favor and read it now).
The additional information Forde refers to may have been revealed in today’ statement on the Miami investigation by the president of the NCAA:
While many are hearing about this case for the first time, the NCAA has been investigating the matter for five months.
My money is firmly on a leak here. It’s in neither the NCAA’s nor UNC’s interest for the Miami allegations to surface while the Tar Heels had the former Miami coach at the helm, in the midst of their own scandal, and perhaps scandalous inaction.