Coaching Candidates: Butch Davis

Colorado may look to the NFL ranks first to get their next head coach and a name that has many CU fans excited is former Cleveland Browns Head Coach, Butch Davis. Inside, a detailed look at Davis, and what the BSN is hearing on this situation.

Butch Davis
Currently out of coaching
Age: 54

The Résumé
• Head coach Cleveland Browns 2001- Nov. 30, 2004

• Head coach University of Miami 1995-2000

• Assistant coach Dallas Cowboys 1989-1994 (defensive line, defensive coordinator)

• Assistant coach University of Miami 1984-88 (defensive line)

• Assistant coach Oklahoma State University 1979-1983 (receivers)

• Played football at Arkansas

The Connection
Davis is highly regarded in coaching circles. He coached against Colorado as an assistant at Oklahoma State over 20 years ago. In recent years, he was a regular at University of Colorado pro combine workouts, where graduating football players work out for pro scouts and coaches, when he was head coach for the Browns.

The Buzz
Davis is known as a smart, tough-minded coach who was a successful fixer-upper in south Florida. He inherited a Miami Hurricanes program that had been penalized heavily (including a loss of 31 scholarships) back to prominence after the program run afoul of the NCAA following Dennis Erickson and Jimmy Johnson's tenures there. Under Davis, a nearly devastated program rebounded to a 51-20 record, and went 11-1 and finished No. 2 his final year. The following season, Miami won the national title.

He left the Cleveland job after frustrating results. Davis said publicly the heavy scrutiny on his family after Cleveland struggled during the 2004 family was the last straw. The Browns were 24-35 under Davis, their only winning season (9-7) coming in 2002. He's had a year out of the coaching.

Another name to watch in connection with Davis is Pete Garcia, who was Davis' director of football ops/recruiting coordinator at Miami and was largely responsible for the kind of talent the Hurricanes pulled in to Miami in the late 1990s. Garcia was on Davis' staff at Cleveland, as well. Garcia spent this past season back with the Hurricanes as an associate athletic director, but could be lured to Boulder as part of Davis' staff if a Davis hire came about.

What We Are Hearing
CU fans don't have to worry about Arkansas going after Davis, even though he played there. Houston Nutt will keep his job in Fayetteville as he just named a new offensive coordinator.

Colorado and Davis have been in contact and Davis will not say publicly yet whether he is interested in the job. We have been told that Davis has expressed his concerns to Athletic Director Mike Bohn over CU's facilities and whether or not upgrades are coming. We knew at the BSN that Bohn's No.1 choice was going to be an NFL coach and it looks like he is exploring those options first and foremost.


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