(Note: this is a hypothetical press release describing a hypothetical story. I am not an actual Daily Tar Heel Writer and this story is not quite finalized as of this date, 11/12/2006.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mike White
Sports Columnist, Daily Tar Heel.com
PO Box 3257, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Report: North Carolina to Hire Butch Davis as Head Football Coach for 2007
CHAPEL HILL, NC–November 12, 2006–According to several sources, most notably ESPN and InsideCarolina.com, UNC Athletic Director Dick Baddour has negotiated a contract with Butch Davis for him to become the next head football coach at the University of North Carolina. It is unknown if anything has been finalized yet, but a press conference could be held as early as Monday. The UNC athletic department has so far refused to comment on the subject.
Davis would be replacing current coach John Bunting, who will not be officially dismissed until the 2006 season has ended. The announcement of his dismissal was made on October 22 after a Thursday night loss to Virginia, at which point Bunting had compiled a 25-41 record as head coach at UNC.
According to Davis’s agent Marvin Demoff, his party in unlikely to sign a deal until next week. This may be why UNC has yet to address the subject of Davis, but offically they have said that they did not want to cause a distraction for the football team leading up to yesterday’s homecoming game vs. Georgia Tech, which they lost 7-0.
Davis has a record of coaching success. He helped the Miami Hurricanes return to prominence after NCAA sanctions took away 31 scholarships over two years, compiling a 51-20 record from 1995 to 2000 and setting the foundation for Miami’s 2001 National Championship. Previously he had worked as an assistant under Jimmy Johnson at Oklahoma State, the University of Miami, and the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. Since the end of his unsuccessful stint as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2004, he has not returned to coaching.
While UNC has declined to comment on the hiring, top QB prospect Mike Paulus from New York State, who verbally committed to UNC before Bunting’s dismissal, is excited by the possibility of Davis’s hiring. “Our defensive coordinator is best friends with Butch Davis,” Paulus told InsideCarolina.
Other potential candidates for the position at UNC include Paul Johnson of Navy, Rich Rodriguez of West Virginia, who briefly sparked controversy when he made comments that indicated a possible move, and Steve Kragthorpe of Tulsa, who has adamantly denied any interest in the job.
Michael Jordan, considered by some to be an outside candidate, could not be reached for comment.