Butch Davis was fired Wednesday as head football coach at North Carolina, the university confirmed.
Davis could not withstand the onslaught of NCAA allegations that included some of the worst violations: academic fraud, a rogue assistant coach and impermissible benefits.
The Board of Trustees met today at 1 p.m. and decided to dismiss Davis after four seasons.
“To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it’s time to make a change,” said UNC chancellor, Holden Thorp. “What started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this University’s reputation.
“I have been deliberate in my approach to understanding this situation fully, and I have worked to be fair to everyone involved. However, I have lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution. Our academic integrity is paramount and we must work diligently to protect it. The only way to move forward and put this behind us is to make a change.”
Thorp said there were no new allegations discovered to prompt Davis’ dismissal. Rather, it was the “cumulative damage” to the university’s reputation.
An interim coach will be named, said athletic director Dick Baddour.
On Monday, Davis confronted the media during the annual ACC Media Days in Pinehurst, N.C. It was his first extended interview since the allegations about his program were described in detail in the NCAA¹s Notice of Allegations.
Davis said Monday that he “fully and completely” takes responsibility for the scandal that seized his program. Last season, 14 players were either suspended or declared permanently ineligible for violations.
“I’m the head football coach,” Davis said. “And things that happen, anything I can do to make sure these things don¹t occur again, whether it’s from education of the players, whether it’s rules and regulations and policies, anything that we can do to make sure that doesn’t happen again, that’s my part of my responsibility.”
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