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Butch Davis named FIU head football coach

Former Hurricanes coach returns to South Florida

Butch Davis takes over the football program at FIU
Butch Davis takes over the football program at FIU

MIAMI – Florida International University made a big splash Tuesday, officially introducing Butch Davis as its next head football coach.

"I love this opportunity," Davis said at his introductory news conference. "I am grateful to be here and to be the head football coach at FIU. I look at this challenge as one that has no limits for the ceiling."

Davis was the head coach at the University of Miami from 1995-2000. He left the Hurricanes to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Davis also coached at the University of North Carolina from 2007-2010.  The school was rocked by an academic scandal during Davis' tenure.

"Tammy and I, in some respects, are coming home," Davis said. "South Florida has been a home for us for many, many years. If you look at an opportunity to get back into coaching, you couldn't visualize a better opportunity than FIU."

Davis thinks there is a huge alumni base that can be tapped into in South Florida.

"I've already started talking to (athletic director) Pete (Garcia)," Davis said. "We have to double-deck this stadium.  It's not going to nearly be big enough."

Davis said he addressed the team. He said the Panthers are hungry for success and want to win.


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