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For your consideration: Butch Davis.

Davis was a protege of Jimmy Johnson working for him at Miami and the Dallas Cowboys. During this time he was there for not only Miami's glory days of the late 80's but also for Dallas' emergence as a dynasty. While his 4 years as a head man at Cleveland didn't go all that well, he did take them to the playoffs, and that ain't nothing. Results aside, experience as a head man in the pro ranks is an impressive feat.

Although things got a little ugly after he went to UNC, he was cleared of any wrong doing in the scandal there. Considering how hard of a gig it can be to make a school like UNC competitive in football, he deserves some real praise for getting them a few 8 win seasons and even a BCS ranking.

Davis knows the ACC well, because he was there for Miami's '87 national title as an assistant and it is a widely shared view that he deserves a massive amount of credit for Miami's 2001 national title (it was won a year after he left, with his former players, who were coached by his former OC, Larry Coker). If we are serious about continuing some of the off-the-field priorities put in place by Charlie, it should be noted that while at both Miami and UNC, he earned praise for high graduation rates.

The guy has been at the highest level of both college and pro ball and is a proven winner. One has to think that in terms of recruiting, he has some pretty rich connections in Florida and the southeast. So presumably we could still nurture the very same recruiting grounds that we have already been harvesting to such great success.

There is the added fact that both he and Hurtt were at Miami at the same time (Davis was HC while Hurtt was playing D line). This is an important point to me because I like Hurtt and I'd like to see him bounce back from all that he has gone through. So with Davis, this could mean that we could keep Hurtt on staff, and he wouldn't have to go without a job while he waits out the expiration on his show cause. Having a hold over or two from the Strong era might be a very wise choice going forward as it could really smooth out the transition from not just a change in coaches but also in conference affiliation. We know Hurtt is a hell of a recruiter, and we know that he is very beloved by the players he coaches.

While I realize many of us are still stinging over the Charlie's departure and that it may not be the best time to throw words like "loyalty" around, it is also worth mentioning that Hurtt feels a lot of loyalty to both Strong and Jurich for helping him through his troubles with the Miami investigation. He can't follow Charlie to Texas, but if we were to retain him, he could become a very integral part of our new staff and our program. Given that Tom has always said that he wants guys who want to be here and that Hurtt undoubtedly feels gratitude toward Tom, we may have a guy who REALLY does want to be here. Even among the ranks of your assistants, that matters.

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