"My family and I were surprised and saddened to learn that I have been relieved of my duties as head football coach at Carolina. I am not naive enough to have ever considered this situation anything less than a serious matter and a significant priority. I have worked as hard as possible to address all aspects of the program that have been questioned. I fully believe we were on our way to getting past these issues and moving ahead in a positive direction. ... That these players and coaches were able to achieve the success they did last season, under such circumstances, makes me enormously proud. ... During the past year or so, my respect and love for our players, the coaching staff and the football administrative staff has grown enormously. It's a wonderful group of people and I will miss them all. ... It's important to move on as smoothly as possible, because I absolutely do not want to add any further distraction for the players and coaching staff as they approach the 2011 season." (N&O)
Butch Davis Comments
"I was honestly shocked to receive word that I will no longer be the head football coach at the University of North Carolina. I can honestly say I leave with full confidence that I have done nothing wrong." (WRAL)
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