UNC — finally — fires Butch Davis

July 27, 2011

About a year after it should have been over, the Butch Davis era came to an end at North Carolina today.

From a news release on UNC’s website (with the understated headline “Carolina Football Makes Coaching Change”):

University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp announced this evening that Butch Davis has been dismissed as head coach of the Carolina football program. Davis was informed by Thorp and Director of Athletics Dick Baddour of the decision.

“To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it’s time to make a change,” Thorp said in the release. “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.”

Two thoughts immediately sprung to mind when I saw this:

1) As an N.C. State fan, I’m sad to see Davis go. I was really looking forward to watching Tom O’Brien make it five straight over him this year.

2) What took so long for this to happen?

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College football’s brain drain

October 14, 2009

Watch this:

How did that feel? It pumped me up, enough that I made a Chris Tucker reference when Jeremy and I liveblogged the Miami-Georgia Tech game several weeks ago.

Malcolm Gladwell has a piece in the latest issue of The New Yorker that makes it harder to get excited about that sort of hit or virtually any other contact on a football field. Gladwell’s central argument is a sensational one: that football and dogfighting are somehow equivalent. He suggests that football zealots and owners of fighting dogs share a genuine affection for their charges and a love of their violent exploits. The dogs — and football players — suffer grievously for their owners’ (or fans’) passions, Gladwell says.

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