Butch Davis Fired At North Carolina The University of North Carolina has confirmed that coach Butch Davis has been fired. Davis was informed of the decision earlier today by chancellor Holden Thorp and Director of Athletics Dick Baddour. "To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it's time to make a change. What started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this University's reputation. I have been deliberate in my approach to understanding this situation fully, and I have worked to be fair to everyone involved. However, I have lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution. Our academic integrity is paramount and we must work diligently to protect it. The only way to move forward and put this behind us is to make a change. Athletics and football are an important part of this University, and a successful football program is essential to the overall health of our athletic program. That's why we have to put this behind us and move forward." -UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp The timing of this decision could not have come at a worse time for UNC, with preseason workouts set to begin in just eight days. Apparently, UNC will be naming an interim head coach within the next few days to assume Davis' duties. Whether this interim coach will remain head coach for the full season, whether UNC will try to hire an out-of-work ex-head coach, or whether they will try to hire an up-and coming assistant coach from another university, only time will tell. At the ACC Kickoff meetings which just ended, Davis stated that he had never thought of quitting due to the scandals that have plagued the football program for the past year, and he thanked the administration for their continued support throughout the investigations. Could more there be more serious allegations of infractions on the horizon? Will Davis' firing have any impact on FSU? More details may be forthcoming at the press conference scheduled for Thursday at 11A.M. Stay tuned.