Living Up to the Hype: the Life of Butch Davis

Justin CrawfordCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2009

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Head coach Butch Davis of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on before his team plays the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on September 11, 2008 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

He is supposed to be the next Mack Brown, the Roy Williams of UNC football, and the savior of a dead program. Can we really expect all of this from one man?

The answer is yes.

Butch Davis can do all three of these things. He has the talent, and the experience to become a top coach in college football.

He learned from a great coach, Jimmy Johnson, under whom he won a national championship as an assistant coach at Miami.

Davis has also learned how to pick up the broken pieces of a football team. After a terrible scandal preceded him to the helm of the University of Miami, he was able to put together a 51-20 record. He then took Miami to a No. 2 national ranking only to be snubbed from the National Championship game in a BCS system that never has worked and never will.

Although Davis does not quite have the same pieces to pick up in Chapel Hill, he has still been put in a difficult situation. Not only has he had to pick up the pieces left over from John Bunting, he is expected to win and win now.

The former Cleveland Browns coach has put UNC football back on the map.

Critics have questioned Davis’ coaching ability. The answer to that attack is that bad coaches do not win games, and Davis has proved that he does indeed win games. He proved that at Miami, and he proved that last season in one of the best years Tar Heel fans have seen in a long time.

On top of that, he is one of the best recruiters in the country. He has pulled some very good classes in his short time in Chapel Hill. This year he continues to work hard on the recruiting trail, and has already received commitments from some very good prospects.

In his third season, the expectations are high. Maybe they are too high, but fans have realized what Butch can do. He has the talent on the field, he has the knowledge, and he has the drive to win. Butch Davis has the ingredients needed to win; now the players must perform on the field.

With Butch Davis as coach, the Tar Heel faithful can look forward to many years of winning football.


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