Butch Davis is the next head coach at Florida International

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 14, 2016


Former North Carolina head coach Butch Davis has accepted the head coaching job at Florida International, as first reported by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. 

Davis last coached full-time in 2010 at UNC. He has since been an analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM. McMurphy adds that Davis’ deal is for five years. CBS Miami reports Davis will leave his analyst role immediately and that an announcement will come Tuesday.

This hire is not unexpected, as Davis and FIU athletic director Pete Garcia have a long history together, dating back when Davis was Miami (FL)’s head coach and then with the Cleveland Browns. Reports indicated recently that the search had stopped, and it was up to Davis as to whether or not he wanted the job.

Davis went 51-20 at Miami from 1995-2000, building a star-studded program that would win the 2001 national championship and play for another in 2002. Davis left Miami for the Browns and went 24-35 from 2001-04, reaching the playoffs once.

He became North Carolina’s head coach in late 2006 and posted a 28-23 record, including three straight 8-5 seasons. But an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct opened in 2010, and Davis was dismissed in July 2011. The school later vacated wins from 2008 and 2009.

Davis spent 2012 as a special assistant to head coach Greg Schiano with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

He takes over an FIU program that has struggled to get off the ground since it began play in 2002. The program has posted only two winning records, in 2010 and 2011, but then-coach Mario Cristobal was dismissed after a 3-9 season. Ron Turner took over in 2013 and said the program had many off-field issues to correct. He went 1-11, 4-8 and 5-7, but began this season 0-4 and was dismissed.

FIU is the second school to hire a head coach before the season ends, following Fresno State last week. There are now four open FBS head coaching jobs.

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.