Here’s a name south Florida football fans will recognize: Butch Davis.
The veteran coach is now considered the prime candidate to fill the coaching vacancy at Florida International University. While the deal has not been officially finalized, multiple sources have reported that a deal is in the works.
Davis has a career winning percentage of .648 between stints with the University of Miami and North Carolina in the NCAA. He also coached the Cleveland Browns to a playoff spot in 2002; they have not returned to the playoffs since.
Sources close to @FIUFootball : Butch Davis will be the next Head Coach… School and Davis close to deal
— Luis Wiwi Zabala 🇨🇺 (@thewiwitos) November 5, 2016
While Davis is an excellent coach, going 51-20 at the University of Miami, he has been linked to NCAA violations everywhere he has gone. While at the University of Miami, he took over a team that would later be subject to NCAA restrictions due to several different kinds of violations, and at North Carolina accusations of academic fraud and pay-for-play spotted his tenure.
FIU has not had nearly the success that it had under Mario Cristobal, who is now the offensive line coach at Alabama. Butch Davis would be a big hire for the Panthers.
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