UNC Announces Hiring of Butch Davis

UNC Announces Hiring of Butch Davis

CHAPEL HILL - Butch Davis, a 32-year coaching veteran, will be the next head football coach at the University of North Carolina, director of athletics Dick Baddour announced Monday.

The University and Davis reached an agreement in principle last week for Davis to become UNC's head coach. Contract details will be released when the University's board of trustees approves them at a later date.

Chancellor James Moeser and Baddour will introduce Davis as the head coach at a press conference on Monday, November 27.

"We are proud to make this announcement and delighted with the results of this search," says Baddour. "Butch Davis became our first choice early in the process, although we did not know of his interest in us. We were excited to learn of his interest in Carolina and our football program and proceeded from that point. He's a first class individual who is committed to preparing his student-athletes for success in all aspects of their lives. I was impressed with his knowledge of the University and his vision for the football program."

Baddour adds, "Although we are tremendously excited to be making this announcement, the Chancellor, Coach Davis and I feel strongly that our student-athletes and coaches be given the best opportunity to focus on the final two games against NC State and Duke. Coach John Bunting, his staff and the players have reacted to the events of the last several weeks with class. They have prepared and played admirably under the circumstances. So as not to detract from their efforts, we have all agreed that none of the principals will be available for further comment until the November 27th press conference. We hope the media and our fans will respect our decision."

Chancellor Moeser says of today's announcement, "I am very impressed with Butch Davis's record as both an outstanding coach and strong advocate of academic performance. My own personal interaction with Butch, supported by all of my conversations with faculty and administrators who have known him over the years, confirmed the view that he has the values and commitments we care about most at Carolina. Dick Baddour is to be commended for leading our focused and successful search."

"My family and I are very excited at the thought of being an active part of the University of North Carolina family," says Davis. "It's one of the most outstanding Universities and athletic programs in the country. The timing of my decision to consider coaching opportunities and the opening at UNC seemed to intersect perfectly. Dick Baddour made my introduction to Carolina happen in a well-planned, well-organized manner and did an outstanding job of presenting the virtues of UNC - it's people; it's strong commitment to both academics and athletics; as well as the exciting, active part it plays in the community. Obviously, he succeeded. And, for that, I'm grateful.

"As Chancellor Moeser, Dick Baddour and I decided jointly, the focus for the entire football family of student athletes and coaches in Chapel Hill ought to be on their final two games of the season. I will be happy to expand on my hopes and visions for UNC football when we get together for the news conference at the end of this month. For now, I'll be trying to teach my son, Drew, what a Tar Heel is."

BUTCH DAVIS PROFILE
by UNC Athletic Comm.

Butch Davis, former head coach at the University of Miami and the NFL's Cleveland Browns, will be the 33rd head coach in University of North Carolina history and the ninth since the ACC was formed in 1953.

Davis is currently in his second season as an analyst on the NFL Network. He was head coach for six seasons at the University of Miami (1995-2000) and led the Hurricanes to a 51-20 record, three Big East Conference championships and four postseason bowl wins in as many appearances.

Davis has coached in 11 postseason bowl games as an assistant or head coach, including two apiece in the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls.

In 1995, Davis took over a Miami program that was faced with NCAA sanctions that restricted the number of scholarships in his first three seasons. However, his Hurricane teams finished ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 on four occasions, including No. 2 in the nation in 2000 when the Canes went 11-1 and beat Florida, 37-20, in the Sugar Bowl.

Miami was 8-3 in 1995 (the school declined to play in a bowl game), 9-3 in 1996 (beat Virginia in the Carquest Bowl), 5-6 in 1997, 9-3 in 1998 (beat NC State in Micron PC Bowl), 9-4 in 1999 (beat Georgia Tech in Gator Bowl) and 11-1 in 2000. In 1999, Miami was invited to play in the Kickoff Classic and defeated Ohio State, 23-12. The 2000 team was second in the nation in scoring, fifth in total offense, fifth in scoring defense and eighth in pass defense.

The Hurricanes earned recognition from the American Football Coaches Association for outstanding graduation rates in each of his six seasons at Miami.

Davis recruited or coached a number of players at Miami who were selected in the NFL Draft, including 28 first-round picks (see list below).

He left Coral Gables following the 2000 season to join the Browns. Cleveland won seven games in his first season with the Browns, which was two more than the expansion franchise had won in the previous two years combined. They were an AFC wild card playoff team in 2002 after a nine-win regular season.

That was his second stint in the NFL. He was a defensive assistant with the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-94 and was defensive coordinator in 1993 and 1994. The Cowboys won Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993 and played in one other NFC championship game. As defensive line coach in 1992, he helped the Cowboys lead the NFL in rushing defense. As coordinator a year later, the Cowboys set a team record by allowing just 21 touchdowns in 16 regular-season games. In 1994, Dallas was No. 1 in the league in total defense and pass defense and third in scoring defense. He coached three Pro Bowl starters – end Charles Haley, tackle Leon Lett and safety Darren Woodson.

Davis was defensive line coach at Miami from 1984-88 under head coach Jimmy Johnson, whom he also coached under for five years in Dallas and five years at Oklahoma State. The Hurricanes went 52-9 in those five years and won the national championship after beating Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to cap a perfect 12-0 record in 1987. He coached 15 linemen who went on to play in the NFL, including All-Americas Bill Hawkins, Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland, Daniel Stubbs and the late Jerome Brown.

Davis played college football at the University of Arkansas for Coach Frank Broyles. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and life science in 1974. His coaching career began as a volunteer assistant in 1973 at Fayetteville High School in Arkansas. He had stints in Oklahoma at Pawhuska High School (1974-75) and Sand Springs High School (1976-77) as an assistant coach and at Tulsa Rogers High School (1978) in his first head coaching assignment before joining Johnson's staff at Oklahoma State. He coached tight ends and wide receivers at OSU from 1979-83.

He and his wife, Tammy, have a teenage son, Drew. A native of Tahlequah, Okla., Paul Hilton (Butch) Davis will turn 55 later this month.

Butch Davis Yearly Coaching History
2001-04 Cleveland Browns – head coach
1995-2000 University of Miami – head coach
1989-94 Dallas Cowboys – assistant (defensive line 1989-92, defensive coordinator & linebackers 1993-94)
1984-88 University of Miami – assistant (defensive line)
1979-83 Oklahoma State University – assistant (tight ends, receivers)
1978 Tulsa Rogers (Okla.) High School – head coach
1976-77 Sand Springs (Okla.) High School – assistant (offensive line, outside linebackers)
1974-75 Pawhuska (Okla.) High School – assistant (offensive, defensive lines)
1973 Fayetteville (Ark.) High School – volunteer assistant (receivers)

First-round draft picks coached or recruited by Davis as head coach at Miami
Ray Lewis (LB), Yatil Green (WR), Kennard Lang (DE), Kenny Holmes (DE), Duane Starks (CB), Edgerrin James (RB), Bubba Franks (TE), Dan Morgan (LB), Damion Lewis (DT), Santana Moss (WR), Reggie Wayne (WR), Bryant McKinnie (OT), Jeremy Shockey (TE), Phillip Buchannon (CB), Ed Reed (S), Mike Rumph (CB), Andre Johnson (WR), Jerome McDougle (DE, Willis McGahee (RB), William Joseph (DT), Sean Taylor (S), Kellen Winslow (TE), Jonathan Vilma (LB), D.J. Williams (LB), Vernon Carey (OT), Vince Wilfork (DT), Antrel Rolle (CB), Kelly Jennings (CB)

Year-by-Year Coaching Record at Miami
2000	11-1	ranked #2 in both polls		Big East champions
1999	9-4	ranked #15 in both polls
1998	9-3	ranked #20 AP, #21 coaches	
1997	5-6	
1996	9-3	ranked #14 in both polls	Big East co-champions
1995	8-3	ranked #20 AP			Big East co-champions
6 yrs.	51-20

Pre- or Postseason History

Miami (head coach)
2001 Sugar vs. Florida
2000 Gator vs. Georgia Tech
1999 Kickoff Classic vs. Ohio State
1998 Micron PC vs. NC State
1996 Carquest vs. Virginia

Miami (assistant coach)
1989 Orange vs. Nebraska
1988 Orange vs. Oklahoma
1987 Fiesta vs. Penn State
1986 Sugar vs. Tennessee
1985 Fiesta vs. UCLA

Oklahoma State (assistant coach)
1983 Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Baylor
1981 Independence Bowl vs. Texas A&M

Super Bowls
Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVII vs. Buffalo (assistant coach)
Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVIII vs. Buffalo (defensive coordinator)

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