Butch Davis to become Florida International's head football coach – FanRag Sports (blog)
According to a Monday afternoon report from Brett McMurphy of ESPN, longtime college football coach Butch Davis has agreed to become the next head coach at Florida International University. While now signing on with the Panthers, Davis is widely recognized for his time at the helm for both the North Carolina Tar Heels and Miami Hurricanes.
While the Tar Heels and Hurricanes compete in the always competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, and formerly the Big East, Florida International currently plays in Conference USA.
The soon-to-be 65-year-old had been working for ESPN as a studio analyst since 2014 while he will now make his way back down to the sideline after a brief hiatus. Davis last coached within the collegiate ranks back in 2010 before being fired by North Carolina. However, he also served as an administrative advisor for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in from 2012 to 2013.
Remaining at North Carolina from 2007 to 2010, Davis previously led the Hurricanes from 1995 to 2000. In between those two stints, he served as the Cleveland Browns’ head coach from 2001 to 2004 and general manager from 2002 to 2004. Coaching at a variety of different levels throughout his career, Davis has also been apart of coaching staffs for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys along the way.
Upon arriving at Florida International, he will be sporting a career 63-43 record as a collegiate head football coach. It is also worth noting that the veteran coach has led his teams to a 5-2 record in bowl games to go along with a trio conference championships.
This season, the Panthers sit at 3-7 and have lost three consecutive games. Even so, all three of the program’s wins from this season have come within conference play as Florida International is