ACC Media Days took place over the weekend and we saw the league vote Florida State and Virginia Tech as the favorite in their respective divisions and Montel Harris took home the Pre-Season Player of the Year honors. We've got Jim Young from the always informative ACC Sportson the podcast to talk a little ACC Media Days before we get into the news that shocked a lot of the college football world, including your's truly; Butch Davis being fired at the University of North Carolina.
After 13 months of NCAA issues the Board of Trustees have "backed" Chancellor Holden Thorp in the decision to fire Butch Davis. A week before the start of training camp. Five weeks before the start of the season. Whether you were pro or anti Davis staying as the head coach of the Tar Heels the fact is this timing is absolutely putrid. By all accounts no newly uncovered damning information has turned up, rather this is just a decision made as Wade Hargrove assumed leadership of the BOT.
There have been ample opportunities to fire Butch Davis from the moment the scandal broke in the summer of 2010, to the academic probe in 2010, the end of the Tar Heels 2010 season, following the bowl win of 2010 or even after signing day in 2011. Hell even after the NOA was in June. But instead North Carolina waits until this time because now, after 13 freaking months the "cumulative damage" was too much.
After ridiculously mishandling their response to the NCAA investigation, mis-advising or not advising the kids involved in the questioning and towing the "we fully support Coach Davis" line the school decides to fire Davis. This isn't about if you think he should be fired or not; this is about the timing. Those kids on that team; all of them eligible, all but the new freshman having already suffered through a tumultuous 13 months have just had the rug snatched from under them. Again.
But hey, screw those kids, that's what integrity is all about right? The Carolina Way.
The discussion with Jim is great and while your fearless leader is a bit emotional in all of this his level headedness does exactly what we have him on the show for, to dish on the happenings in the ACC and in this episode, what's going on in Chapel Hill.
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Butch Davis was the best football coach in UNC's history, there is no chance we'll find another coach of his caliber. He was not linked to Blake's illegal activities and accepted full responsibility for returning the program to respectability. If UNC had done the right thing and supported him during this process it's hard to imagine how successful we would have become over the next decade. I'd like to call for an investigation of the UNC Board of Trustees. If they have a misstep in their past, they should step down immediately. That is the standard they held Butch Davis to. Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/20... Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/07/27/2485993/from-his-hiring-questions-arose.html#ixzz1TPCTWT00
@dougd18 I think Mack Brown has something to say about that but I agree that it will be tough to replace him, especially in the current climate both with looming sanctions and the way our higher ups have handled or mishandled things. That board and Thorp are both going to be asked for answers but odds are they never are made to give them.