Butch Davis doesn’t think he’s done being a head coach

Everyone in Cleveland remembers the Butch Davis era. It was the last time I was truly excited about a head coaching candidate hire in Berea, I think. And actually the Butch Davis era seemed headed in a decent direction until he and his buddy Pete Garcia pulled power moves that made them be-all end-alls in Berea.

As Davis sits in a cushy consultant role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had a chance to talk to the Associated Press about his career and wanting to get back to coaching, despite having been fired from North Carolina. PFT has the commentary.

Given the way his tenure at North Carolina ended, it seems unlikely that another NCAA program would trust him again. And given that Davis went 24-34 and was fired during his fourth season with the Browns, it seems unlikely that another NFL team would give him a shot as a head coach. So while the Associated Press story paints Davis as a man who burns to be a head coach and deserves the opportunity, that doesn’t seem like an opportunity Davis will get.

Too bad, really. I was excited about Butch Davis for some pretty valid reasons. The guy has shown an ability to coach football. It’s apparently many other phases of management (student athletes, NFL draft) that trip him up the most.

For a fun trip down memory lane, read about Dwight Clark’s resignation that handed football control to Butch Davis and his right-hand man, Pete Garcia. Peter King had the story back in 2002 and the quotes from Butch Davis are pretty funny to read now.

“I was surprised and disappointed to learn he was leaving,” Davis said from the NFL meetings in Houston. “I had a very good and easy work relationship with Dwight. I assumed we would be working together again in the 2002 season.”

  • MrCleaveland

    Arena football, here he comes.

  • dwhit110

    Butch Davis reminds me a lot of Mangini in that if they would have concentrated on coaching the team and leaving the personel decisions to the front office, we might be having a very different conversation right now.

  • BisonDeleSightings

    Despite the NCAA violations, I think a “mid-major” team would give him a shot, much Mike Price latched onto UTEP. I can see him going somewhere in the Sun Belt or Conference USA.

    I’m having a panic attack just thinking about all the possible destinations!

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    Hmm…I could be persuaded to take him instead of Hehr Doktor Profesor Shurmur.

  • Natedawg86

    I am sure some HS would enjoy having him…

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Craig Lyndall

    I think this is right.

  • mgbode

    Butch Davis vs. Frank Solich vs. Terry Bowden – MAC Football

    heck, he was even HC at Miami before (wrong one, but still)

  • TobaccoRoad

    The guy wasn’t Vince Lombardi and probably had way too much control during his tenure, but I find it funny how hard of a time Browns fans give Butch Davis. He’s the only guy to take this team to the playoffs since 1994.

  • MrCleaveland

    Well, he did quit with more than a month left in the season.

  • subadai