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Does the Miami Scandal Explain the Timing of Butch Davis’ Firing?

2011 August 17
by Skip Sauer

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.

2 Responses
  1. Griffin permalink
    August 17, 2011

    espn is a joke. Davis was gone 2 years before this started. They wouldn’t even put the story as the lead on their web site yesterday. Why not ask if this forced Howard S to retire while you’re at it?

  2. Tom Gower permalink
    August 17, 2011

    I’m pretty sure Davis left Miami in early 2001, while per Yahoo’s report Shapiro didn’t start paying players until 2002. Then again, there’s no guarantee UNC got accurate information from any leak.

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