The Scoop on Butch Davis to FIU
- by Zach Barnett 2016 years ago
We have learned that Butch Davis has been tabbed as the next head coach at FIU. The move fills the last open head coaching job in FBS at this time.
Davis, 61, returns to the greater Miami area, where he worked as the defensive line coach at the University of Miami from 1984-88, helping the Hurricanes win the 1987 national title, and brought the school back to national powerhouse status as head coach from 1995-2000 before accepting the head coaching job for the Cleveland Browns.
An ace recruiter returning to a target-rich environment, Davis produced multiple first-round picks at North Carolina from 2007-10 before he was forced to leave in July 2011 amid academic scandal. Davis spent the 2012 season as a special assistant to Greg Schiano with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 10 seasons as a head coach at the college level, Davis carries a 63-43 record with a share of three conference titles and seven bowl appearances.
The move is the second by a current or former Sun Belt school to hire a successful, albeit controversial, head coach, following Western Kentucky's hiring of Bobby Petrino on Dec. 10. (FIU has competed in the Sun Belt up until this season, but will move to Conference USA in 2013.)
Davis takes over for Mario Cristobal, who led the program to its only bowl games in 2010-11, but was let go following a 3-9 campaign this fall.
We will update with more details as they become available.