Friday, October 26, 2007

THE SIREN SONG OF THE SEC

Contrary to a CBSSports.com blog report, first-year North Carolina football coach Butch Davis does not have an exit clause in his contract that would allow him to leave penalty-free for Arkansas. He expressed no interest when asked Tuesday about possibly returning to his alma mater if there is a coaching change there.

"The unfortunate thing is," he said of the report, "I did play there, my father lives there, and I've got a lot of friends there. ... But I am thrilled to be here, and I believe the program here, we've spent a great year, this first year, building stuff. And there's so many positive things going on with this program, I'm excited about the future of our program."


So would he leave for Arkansas? "I just told you, I'm thrilled to be at North Carolina," he said.

Davis signed a seven-year contract worth about $1.86 million annually in November 2006.

TRANSLATION: Davis will hold a press conference before the final game of this season to announce that he is still “thrilled to be at North Carolina,” all the while denying any and all rumors about an exit from Chapel Hill. Sometime around Thanksgiving, he will become the new head coach at Arkansas. During the inevitable press conference announcing his hiring, Davis will say he is “thrilled to be in Fayettville.”

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