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Butch Davis Hired As New FIU Head Coach: What Does It All Mean?


FIU to hire Butch Davis as its next head coach. What does it all mean?


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FIU Hires Butch Davis As Next Head Coach: What Does It All Mean?

FIU is bringing back a local coaching legend. Butch Davis is being hired as the next head coach, stepping into the void after the program fired Ron Turner earlier in the year. An ESPN analyst for the last few years, Davis instantly brings a big name and plenty of credibility for a program looking to make a splash in the greater Miami area. Davis certainly knows the terrain.

Turning 65 in a few days, can he come up with one more big splash? He resurrected the Miami program in the mid-1990s, creating a monster that eventually turned into a national champion under Larry Coker, going 51-20 in Davis’s six years including an 11-1 2000 season before leaving for the Cleveland Browns.

Davis took over North Carolina, and quickly cranked up the recruiting and improved the talent level and the program. However, after three straight 8-5 seasons, he was fired around a slew of allegations against the school for various transgressions, even though Davis wasn’t directly named in the NCAA’s investigation. Out of the game for six years, now he’s back.

Counting this year, FIU has only two winning seasons in the last 13 years, topping out with two straight bowl appearances in 2010 and 2011. But the program has been in a freefall ever since, with just 15 wins in the last five seasons and a rough 3-7 2016.

A peerless recruiter and a brilliant offensive mind, Davis might not get the stars he brought in at Miami and North Carolina, but he’ll get his share of local talents. Does the Butch Davis brand still carry any weight in the region, considering everyone in this next recruiting class were in diapers when he left Miami? We’ll see, but the last thing Mark Richt needs at Miami is to have Davis in the same area adding more pressure to the job.