Things are fine now in his world. Butch Davis is Coach Davis again, back in college football, the South, at North Carolina. He'd been out of the game almost two years, and he did some TV -- "stealing money," he called it -- but he never could quite get the smell of the locker room out of his nose.
Davis recommitted to college football
The Orlando Sentinel
For North Carolina coach Butch Davis, the telltale, ominous sign is all but gone.
After losing all of his reddish-brown hair when he underwent chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his locks are on the comeback, albeit a bit more gray-brown and a bit kinkier.
Davis happily growing into new role
The St. Pete Times
First-year coach Butch Davis said he has discussed with school administrators the possibility of having a Thursday night home game on North Carolina's campus. Some administrators and faculty members have opposed Thursday night games because they can create chaos on campus on days when school is in session.The presence of UNC Hospital adjacent to Kenan Stadium and heavy rush-hour traffic on Interstate 40 near campus also make Thursday night a difficult proposition.
"I have no idea about the politics of it," Davis said. "I know I've spoken a little bit about it. And maybe some time in the future we'll get to host a Thursday night game."
He said he also is seeking future nonconference games with high-profile opponents in areas he plans to recruit. He said North Carolina has sent letters to Penn State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M to gauge their interest.
Thursday night lights in Chapel Hill?
The Charlotte Observer
Less than a decade after a trend-setting, $51 million upgrade of Kenan Stadium that drew comparisons to the Indian shrine, UNC is pondering another renovation effort, one that could ring the facility entirely with seats and add more modern amenities.
Renovations planned for Kenan Stadium
The Greensboro News-Record
North Carolina will undertake a thorough upgrade and renovation of its football complex at Kenan Stadium in the near future to help Coach Butch Davis lift the program from the depths of the ACC.
North Carolina is planning football-stadium upgrades
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina football coach Butch Davis said Monday the school is hoping to begin a $100 million renovation of Kenan Stadium within the next 18 months.
Plan to expand Kenan excites UNC's Davis
The News and Observer
Butch Davis and North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour discussed possible facility upgrades before Davis was hired as UNC's head football coach in November.
Davis: Kenan Stadium ready for renovations
The Durham Herald-Sun
Frank Beamer knows all about Butch Davis, having coached against him while Davis rebuilt Miami's program into a national power after a crippling probation in the mid-1990s.
Asked at yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff what he expects from Davis' team at his new fixer-upper stop, North Carolina, Beamer didn't hesitate.
"He'll recruit really good players," Beamer said. "They'll be very well coached, very physical and very successful."
No shortage of coaching star-powerthis season
The Free Lance-Star
Asked how he decides which gold ring to showcase daily, North Carolina's Butch Davis quickly slid his left hand to cover the bulky Super Bowl gem on his right one.
Sticking out his wedding band, Davis deadpanned, "Twenty-one years of marriage, she won't let me leave home without it."
New coaches must aim high
The Columbia State
Jeff Jagodzinski envisioned himself here. Butch Davis did not.
But the men found themselves in the same place on Monday, representing two of the four coaching changes that dominated conversation at the ACC Kickoff.
Coaches mark new look of ACC
The Hampton Daily Press
Mark Fox and North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams have been friends for a long time. Fox, the Nevada head coach, used that friendship to lure Williams, who coached the Tar Heels to the 2004 national championship, to speak at the 39th annual Governor's Dinner in Carson City Saturday night where Jack and Rick Reviglio were given the Jake Lawlor Award for their support of Nevada's athletic program. It was only fitting that Williams was in Northern Nevada, considering he and Fox have agreed on a three-game series over the next three seasons. The series will start in the 2007-08 season. Two of the games will be played in Chapel Hill, N.C.
UNC, Wolf Pack ink deal to play three games
The Lahontan Valley News
It's funny how things can change with one simple "yes."
Just ask Roy Williams. Up until last week, the North Carolina coach was having a rough go of it on the recruiting trail.
Despite all his legwork, all the road trips and all the hand-written letters, Williams was feeling like Flavor Flav trying to find a wife. No luck anywhere.
Williams finally gets a ‘yes'
The Fayetteville Observer