Butch Davis: 'I'd certainly be interested' in USF job
Former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis, who joined the Bucs this year as a special assistant to coach Greg Schiano, said Friday afternoon that he hopes to be considered across town for the head coaching opening at USF.
"It's a job that has tremendous upside, in a great place," said Davis, 61. "I would like to be considered. If that opportunity arose, I'd certainly be interested."
Davis, who was an assistant on Miami's national championship squad in 1987 and on two Super Bowl champions with the Dallas Cowboys, spent four seasons as an NFL head coach with the Browns from 2001-04, going 24-34. He was head coach at North Carolina from 2007-2010 before he was fired in July 2011 amid an NCAA scandal, but is eager to return to the sidelines as a college head coach.
"It is a very intriguing job with lots of potential ... I hope to be a serious candidate," said Davis, who declined to elaborate on what if any level of communication he's had with USF administrators conducting the search.
Davis' football resume is deep, and he defended UNC's NCAA troubles with academic fraud and improper benefits to players last month in an interview with the Times. Davis said he was not cited or named once in the NCAA's 256-page report outlining the Tar Heels' infractions, which will keep them out of the postseason this year.
"There was nothing that came out later in the report that wasn't known in the first 60 days of the investigation in 2010," Davis said last month. "Nothing was new except for this ongoing academic issue that they've got that's been going on for over 20 years. The thing that probably was detrimental to me getting a job last year was that the NCAA hadn't had its final ruling until February."
Davis is one of several reported candidates for USF's job, which came open when Skip Holtz was fired Sunday after three seasons. Other top names reported to be in contention are Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart, San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
Woolard is expected to be back in Tampa on Saturday to speak with eight junior college recruits who are making official campus visits this weekend and could be joining the Bulls' program next month. Woolard has said he will honor all existing commitments with recruits who had agreed to accept scholarships under Holtz's coaching staff.