Davis, UNC in Serious Negotiations

As Inside Carolina first reported in the early evening Friday, North Carolina and Butch Davis have taken major steps in the negotiating process for the soon-to-be-vacant UNC head coaching position.

This week North Carolina officials met with Davis. Contract terms are now under advanced discussion, but a deal has not been finalized. (For up-to-the-minute info on the search, visit the Inside Carolina Premium Board)

The 54-year-old Davis returned the University of Miami to national prominence during his tenure. Taking over a program under heavy NCAA sanctions, Davis posted a 51-20 record with the Hurricanes from 1995-2000.

After an 11-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking in his sixth season at Miami, he chose to take the head job with the NFL's Cleveland Browns. Davis resigned during his fourth season in Cleveland, after compiling a 24-35 record.

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Here's what other media outlets are reporting as of late Friday night --

"Right now, I am not at liberty to talk about any sort of job situation," Davis said when reached by The News & Observer at about 8 p.m., Friday. "As I've said before, I hope to get back into coaching football at some point." Asked directly if he had been offered the UNC job, Davis said, "I am just not at liberty to talk about it. Good night." ... Raleigh News & Observer
"Some of the coaches that would be on Butch's staff have been calling [coaches] in the [Atlantic Coast] Conference, asking questions about players, facilities," one source said. ... ESPN
A source in Chapel Hill said late last night that Davis and UNC officials, led by Dick Baddour, the athletics director, have been talking seriously and could be close to reaching an agreement ... Winston-Salem Journal
Steve Kirschner, North Carolina's associate athletics director for communications, said Friday night that the school will have no comment on the search process. ... Charlotte Observer

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