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30 Sep 2010

Money Trail Ties Agent, Ex-UNC Coach

Remember when Butch Davis was hired to clean up Miami's mess in the mid- to late-1990s? Remember how he had at least a semi-clean reputation because of it? Remember how good North Carolina was supposed to be this year with all the talent that Davis had put together since returning to the college ranks? All in the past. Now, as the story of hired-gun recruiter John Blake's methods has come to the surface, it's likely all downhill for Davis and North Carolina. Yahoo!'s Charles Robinson puts the pieces of a very damning story together.

As Spencer Hall says, Davis should have known what he was getting with Blake. Never mind that his methods seemed questionable for years; he has left programs in ashy craters wherever he has gone. Not only did he (as Hall notes) help bring about the end of the Cowboys' glory days, and not only did he preside over three historically terrible years at Oklahoma (allegedly destroying recruiting records on the way out the door), but he was also on Bill Callahan's staff at Nebraska. For all of his recruiting prowess, the last 11 college teams to have him on staff (Oklahoma LB coach in 1992, Oklahoma head coach from 1996-98, Mississippi State defensive line coach in 2003, Nebraska defensive line coach from 2004-06, North Carolina defensive line coach from 2007-09) have gone just 61-69-2. And now North Carolina is looking at almost sure probation.

Posted by: Bill Connelly on 30 Sep 2010

5 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2010, 4:50pm by The Ninjalectual


by Floyd (not verified) :: Thu, 09/30/2010 - 5:12pm

The Kermit picture posted by Spencer Hall is priceless.

by Rocco :: Thu, 09/30/2010 - 6:26pm

I'd imagine the only way UNC avoids a severe cuffing from the NCAA is to toss Butch overboard.

by johnmartinolive... :: Thu, 09/30/2010 - 9:29pm

This is much, much worse than what happened at USC. Let's see if the NCAA were really setting a precedent in that case or they just really disliked Mike Garrett and Reggie Bush. Going by the USC case, the NCAA should drop the hammer on UNC.

by Will Allen :: Thu, 09/30/2010 - 10:37pm

If there is anything I can't stand about a bag man, it's a bag man who keeps getting caught. The Sicilian fellas would have had The Blakester taking a loooooonnnnnng nap in the trunk of a car, parked in the long term lot at the airport, a long time ago. Of course, the racket boys often have some honor typically missing in a college football recruiter.

by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 10/01/2010 - 4:50pm

I heard he's really enjoying the cement shoes they got for him, since they're way lighter than his lead ones.