Be Prepared For A Queasy Two Months

Nebraska fired their Athletic Director Steve Pederson today which officially kicks off the late season sacrifice of coaches and other officials on the altar of winning college football. And as much as I would love to proceed through the rest of the season not worrying about whether or not Butch Davis might be leaving based on various message board rumors I have read that luxury is not one UNC fans will have. The one school to watch will be Arkansas who will most certainly show Houston Nutt the door, possibly prior to the end of the season. Butch Davis graduated from Arkansas, has family there and has a good friend who is a key Razorback booster.

The real question is whether Davis would walk out the door after only one year? I am leaning fairly strongly toward “no” on that. I am less worried about this than I would be if Arkansas was looking for a coach 3-4 years from now. I also think Arkansas is the only school UNC fans really need to be overly concerned about given Davis’ connections there. Looking back at the glut of schools who went looking for coaches last season, Davis could have waited and taken his old job at Miami again or even the Alabama position. The fact he took the UNC job makes me think he was truly interested in doing the things he has said he wants to do. That being said if Arkansas comes offering Davis, Nick Saban type money to return home would he say “no” and can we really expect him to under those circumstances?

We will see. The question will come up as soon as Nutt is fired which could be a matter of days or weeks.


6 Responses to Be Prepared For A Queasy Two Months

  1. C. Michael says:

    Well, if Roy Williams can come home to UNC…

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  3. thesportsidiot says:

    Be careful THF. Saying that BD could bolt UNC for another program, a more important (nationally, currently) one that he has deep ties to even, could get you lambasted by UNC fans. I know that I have been continually berated for saying it!

    The wrinkle about him taking the UNC job while knowing what would be available still puzzles me. Honestly, unless he wants to stay for the long haul and build a program, what was he thinking? Maybe he knew Nutt would get another year, and he didn’t want to wait. Maybe he had no desires of returning to Miami (where I personally think he belongs). Maybe the job he really had his eyes on (I’m speculating here), the Clemson job, wasn’t on the list of possibilities. He must be planning on staying a while and building a new legacy for himself. It’s the only logical explanation that I can come up with.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I sort of think that as well. In this day and age of backdoor dealing in coaching searches he could have made his intentions known to any booster at any school and worked that angle. Perhaps he wanted to get back in the game ASAP and UNC made the strategic move of firing Bunting in October which gave them the inside track. The fact of the matter is Houston Nutt is going to be fired at season’s end, if not sooner, and the connections to Arkansas plus the amount of money they throw at him is going to make it a tough call. Davis also knows that if he turns down a potential bid from the Hawgs he is signaling to everyone(recruits included) that he is at UNC to stay unless he wants to take a shot at the pros again.

    Not that it matters but according to his contract the buyout is 2 million which is likely chump change for some well endowed Razorback boosters.

  5. thesportsidiot says:

    Quiet down with that buyout talk. AD’s don’t know about buyouts, so don’t tip them off.

  6. […] week, frequent commenter and blogger Tar Heel Fan was ahead of the curve with a post titled “Be Prepared For A Quesy Two Months“. An obvious reference to the upcoming coaching carousel and where North Carolina coach Butch […]

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