Davis Not Interested In Replacing Nutt

FAYETTEVILLE -- Speculation has already begun on who could replace Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt should he not return next season.

University of North Carolina coach Butch Davis, a Springdale native and former Arkansas defensive lineman, said Tuesday that he would have no interest in the Razorbacks' job if it were to come open this offseason.

"The unfortunate thing is I did play (at Arkansas), my father lives there and I've got a lot of friends there," Davis told the Raleigh News and Observer.

"... But I am thrilled to be here (at UNC), and I believe the program here, we've spent a great year, this first year, building stuff."

Davis was pressed on the issue by a reporter, who asked if the coach would leave for Arkansas.

"I just told you, I'm thrilled to be at North Carolina," Davis said Tuesday evening.

The issue came up because of a report by CBSSportsline.com's Dennis Dodd last week that said that Davis had an exit clause in his contract that would allow him to leave UNC for Arkansas without facing a financial penalty.

A UNC spokesperson confirmed to the Raleigh News and Observer that Davis does not have such an out in his contract.

Davis grew up in Springdale and was a defensive lineman for legendary Arkansas coach Frank Broyles. He graduated from UA in 1974 and got his coaching career started as a volunteer assistant at Fayetteville High.

Davis, who has also been the head coach at the University of Miami and the NFL's Cleveland Browns, signed a seven-year contract at UNC in November 2006.

If he left UNC for another coaching job, he would have to pay the school between $700,000 and $2 million, according to the Raleigh News and Observer.

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