|Baddour, Davis and Thorp. (Ted Richardson/Raleigh News & Observer)|
"To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it's time to make a change," Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a statement. "What started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this university's reputation."
Apparently, Holden and ever-more-looking-like-a-buffoon Athletic Director Dick Baddour don’t have a calendar. The now 13-month old Tar Heel football scandal started last July and to insure that the program remains mostly irrelevant and consistently mediocre, the powers wake up five weeks prior to the opening game of the 2011-12 season and decide they can no longer live with the scandal.
Were it not for Roy Williams, Baddour, who has installed a revolving door in the head football coach’s office and who took much heat for botching both the hiring and firing of Matt Dougherty, would be sharing a cab with Davis.
Evidently…nine major violations is one too many.
The school has called a news conference for 11 a.m. today at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The school did not announce who will take over as interim coach in Davis' absence; the team begins practice Aug. 5. The Heels open with ACC-killer JMU on September 3 in Chapel Hill.
"I was honestly shocked to receive word that I will no longer be the head football coach at the University of North Carolina," Davis said in a statement late Wednesday. "I can honestly say that I leave with full confidence that I have done nothing wrong. I was the head coach and I realize the responsibility that comes with that role. But I was not personally involved in, nor aware of, any actions that prompted the NCAA investigation."
On Monday, in an article on YahooSports.com, Davis said he never considered quitting.
Davis, 59, had an overall record of 28-23 with three bowl appearances in four seasons, but he steered UNC into what he said earlier this week was the most serious issue the school has faced in decades. A school with a strong track record of rules compliance saw 14 players miss at least one game and seven sit out the entire 2010 season in connection with the NCAA investigation into impermissible benefits given to players and into academic misconduct.
Sources close to Baddour tell T.A.H. Mike Leach and Jim Tressel are unlikely candidates although the should-be-embattled A.D. refused to rule them out completely.
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Meanwhile over in Raleigh, the Wolfpack got new unis...They look a lot like the old unis. They're red and white.
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