I turned the Cleveland Browns job down. Clinton Portis was right in Florida's backyard and Steve Spurrier said he wasn't good enough to play at Florida. "It was an academic scandal, which is worse. Has to be.

But don’t worry, while Davis may have forgotten the details, Bruce Arians, Cleveland’s offensive coordinator that day, has not, as he told Pro Football Talk in 2011: Davis isn’t the first person associated with the Browns to blow a draft pick or two, and he isn’t first head coach to become overly conservative during a playoff game. (Everyone who grew up watching the Browns in the 1980s under Marty Schottenheimer is pounding their head against a wall right now.). ", I asked Davis how he responds to skepticism about his recruiting, not just given his ties to Blake at North Carolina, but to the success he had for producing so much big-time talent, where cynics feel like "something's up. Thorp explained Davis' firing as a necessary move to restore North Carolina's integrity. Thirty minutes later, Davis walked back to his car and couldn't believe what he had just heard. I said, 'Antrel, I will be the head coach at the University of Miami,' and I believed in all my heart I was going to be. Butch and his wife, Tammy with their son Drew, Super Bowl XXVIII - Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills (Defensive Coordinator), Super Bowl XXVII - Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills (Assistant Coach).

That was not their job.". Davis said that at the time there were just so many battles going on around UNC. Our compliance people called the NCAA and asked if there were any red flags and they reached out to Nebraska, Oklahoma and Mississippi State and no one came back with any red flags. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Cleveland Browns and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Thorp, now the provost at Washington University in St. Louis, doesn't want to comment on North Carolina these days, according to a spokesperson. "Everybody sees the headlines during the bad times, but when the facts finally come out and it's that Butch Davis has been completely cleared that ends up on Page 975 in a small paragraph. Davis' explanation for what was behind his departure from UM: "Ten days before we played BC [Boston College] in the last game of the season, we had completed 97 percent of the contract.

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We've tried to help him and Holden Thorp has absolutely tried to help him last year. An hour later, he was meeting with his entire staff and all their wives in the football complex breaking the news to them. As coordinator a year later, the Cowboys set a team record by allowing just 21 touchdowns in 16 regular-season games.

Holden thought [the pressure on UNC] just continued to mount.". This site should not be used to make decisions about employment, tenant screening, or any purpose covered by the FCRA.The records were matched using first and last name only. "Dick Baddour and I acted as fast as we could've.

"I do worry for him that it's taken this long. The stumbling block we could never get over was, if they decided to do what North Carolina did [by just suddenly firing him] they were only going to pay me 20 percent of the money, but because [Miami] had been burned by Howard [Schnellenberger] leaving and Jimmy leaving and Dennis [Erickson] leaving, so if I had ever left I had to pay them 80 percent. We had no idea that they had a financial relationship between Mississippi State and Nebraska and all that. It's been more than two years since that summer night and Davis, now on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff as a special advisor to coach Greg Schiano, is still reeling. Butch P Davis, 57. Davis is aware his reputation took a hit in large part because of the NCAA rules Blake was allegedly breaking.

Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. Lived In Irving TX. In fact, when Davis quit on the Browns, he still had three years and $12 million left on that contract.

Academics scandal. One year later, Thorp stepped down too, as allegations and editorials in the local media continued to batter the school's reputation in the wake of an academic scandal that ran a lot deeper than just some football players. That had been going on since the 1990s. Butch and his wife, Tammy with their son Drew The Davis family celebrates Senior Day at Ole Miss during the 2016 season. Related To Jacqueline Davis, Stephan Davis, Kenneth Davis, Glenn Davis, Mark Davis. The Browns went 7-9 his debut season and 9-7 in his second year, making the AFC Playoffs. She sounded even more devastated than he was. 1 in the league in total defense and pass defense and third in scoring defense. The Hurricanes were passed over in favor of the Florida State Seminoles, even though the Seminoles had lost to the Hurricanes that year when a last-second field goal attempt sailed wide right.

“He was a happy-go-lucky dog,” Tammy Davis, the shelter’s executive director, told The Dodo. Resides in Reno, NV. I basically had no contact with him until he came as a minority intern coach as a request from Barry Switzer to Jimmy Johnson with the Dallas Cowboys.