Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Butch Davis Speaks Out

DAVIS and BLAKE (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Former UNC head football coach Butch Davis published an op-ed in the News & Observer yesterday pointing out his focus on academics, his track record in that area and his fundamental disagreement with his dismissal earlier this year.

Here are two excerpts: 

"While the chancellor was within his rights to do so, I believe the decision he made to end my tenure at Carolina was his alone. As I have stated before, I did not and do not agree with his decision. After all, neither the NCAA nor the university investigation even suggested any wrongdoing on my part."

...and...

"During the 10 years I was a college head coach, nine of my teams were recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for academic success. During my tenure at Carolina, the SAT scores of incoming freshman football players rose 40 points. In my last two years at UNC, the football team's adjusted graduation rate of 90 percent surpassed that of the general student body."
To read more, click here. 

The accompanying news story points out that Davis offered no explanation as to why during the 2010 season 14 of his players served suspensions for at least one game and seven missed the entire season amid the NCAA investigation into impermissible benefits and academic fraud.

To read that story, click here

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