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Butch Davis to be FIU’s new head coach

FIU hires former Miami (FL) & North Carolina head coach Butch Davis.

Georgia Tech v North Carolina Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

FIU has found their new head coach and it’s a familiar name in the college football world as Butch Davis will be FIU’s fourth ever head coach.

Over the past few years Butch Davis has been a college football TV analyst for ESPN however, Davis has been itching to get back in the game since being let go by North Carolina in 2011.

Davis is primarily known for roaming the sidelines during Miami’s heyday as he went 51-20 in six years at Miami. After an unsuccesful stint with the Cleveland Browns Davis wound up at North Carolina where he went was 28-23.

This hire had been widely suspected for sometime as Athletic Director Pete Garcia and Butch Davis are friends and go way back to their days in the early ‘90s.

I thought FIU and Butch Davis would be a perfect marriage when they decided to move on from Ron Turner and now that it’s official my feelings remain the same.

FIU should immediately receive a spark in interest off the field and Davis’ track record on the field speaks for itself. It will be interesting to see how he adapts in a G5 gig given the limitations in budget for a coaching staff and his time away from the game.

Davis has wanted to get back on the sidelines for some time and FIU has been itching to be relevant since firing Mario Cristobal. For now, it appears to be a happy marriage.