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July 18, 2012 @ 10:16 am
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Report: Bucs' Davis Wants To Return To The Sidelines

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When the Buccaneers added Butch Davis as a consultant for Greg Schiano, many felt Tampa Bay would be his last stop. But according to a report by the AP, Davis wants the chance to rebuild his reputation as a football coach and may get one.
When Butch Davis was fired by the University of North Carolina last year, then joined the Buccaneers as a special assistant to Greg Schiano, most assumed the 60-year old former Browns, Hurricane and Tar Heel coach would hang up his whistle for good.

While it is yet to be seen if another coaching opportunity ever presents itself, Davis wants another crack on the sidelines. In an interview with the AP this week Davis left the door wide open for a possible return.

"I would love to think that the things we've accomplished over 37 years, that this one particular deal will not define me as a man nor as a coach,” Davis told The Associated Press.

Davis, who is still collecting the balance of his contract at North Carolina, is hoping a review of the facts regarding the allegations that led to his abrupt departure, will clear his name, and open doors back in the coaching fraternity sometime in the near future.

“To me, past and previous experiences have an awful lot to say about what you've done," Davis said. "I would like to think that people would look at the successes and the things we did with the program at Miami. I am regretful that things got out of hand here (UNC) I wish that I would've been able to have prevented it."

The alleged NCAA violations that cost Davis his job according to the AP story included players taking jewelry from outside the program and receiving improper assistance on papers, touched Davis only by occurring on his watch. When he fired Davis, Chancellor Holden Thorp said he didn't believe Davis knew of the violations.

Dick Baddour, UNC's former athletic director who hired Davis in 2006, said he even called schools supporting Davis for jobs last fall and is willing to do it again.

"I hope Butch gets another chance," Baddour said. "I believe he will get another chance. I think he deserves another opportunity at the collegiate level."

Davis’ spoke about his role with the Buccaneers during the press conference to officially introduce him as a member of the organization earlier this year.

I have had opportunities to work for the Dallas Cowboys as a defensive coordinator and as a position coach and then I went to the Cleveland Browns so I have got ten years of experience in the National Football League,” Davis said.  “There are so many things within an organization that need attention to detail and one person cannot do it all. I think this organization is bliss because they got a good scouting staff. There are a lot of the pieces that are clearly already in place. Like I said earlier, any way that I can help both Greg (Schiano) or Mark (Dominik) that’s kind of what I want to try to do.”

At that time Davis didn’t want to comment on his future in Tampa or about future coaching opportunities, however he did have a specific goal in mind.

“I don’t have a crystal ball,” Davis said. “The one thing — you know I am committed to try and help this team win a Super Bowl as quick and as fast as possible.  Not putting any pressure on Greg (Schiano) or any of that kind of stuff because every job is a process. There are certain things that you got to accomplish as you build your team. You know as we have talked about it you never know this could be ten years who knows.”

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    The minute Butch Davis's Contract with North Carolina runs out, I hope Schiano will sign Davis as his Defensive Coordinator and give him a long term contract. Keep the present Coordinator at his same salary but have him coach just the defensive line. Butch Davis proved what a great Defensive Coach he can be when he occupied the University Miami job. In the meantime you can bet Davis will be giving Schiano a great deal of advice on all the little things a Pro Coach has to master and also will help our scouting department and help Schiano with evaluating our Defensive Personnel and coming up with defensive game plans and fixing immediate problems in tweaking the defense during this coming year. Schiano has been a defensive coach with the Chicago Bears awhile back, which should also certainly help him on the defensive side of the ball when the season begins. What I also love this year is the Bucs also brought in a super experienced Offensive Coach to help advise the Offensive Coordinator, who has not held that job in the Pros yet, although we know he was a super QB Coach last year (which is not the same as having to call offensive plays in the NFL). Coach wise overall I think we are in Super Shape!!!!
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    Of course he wants to return to the sidelines as most coaches would. That doesn't mean he wants out of the job he has or that a return in eminent. Heck, Chucky would probably say the same things.........but with his fingers crossed.
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    I think this coach should have another chance. He has done a great job whenever he goes. A friend of mind that I knew growing up he play basketball in college in the Northeast I believe where basketball started. After He finish he came back to Florida and coach at several high schools and colleges around the state. Now today I haven't found out if he has ever got back into coaching. The individua lIs about is my friend Gordon Gibbons. Who coach at Tampa Jesuit, Univ of South Florida,St Leo and I believe Florida Southern. He had coach there also. He was a good friend. Iam hoping that he is back teaching kids, If any other the editors know of my friend.So I thought I could relate this to the readers. Again GO Bucs
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    If and when he is cleared he will coach and it will be our loss.
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    I read the NFL.com Article and I am not sure where they got the information, but the impression was that Butch Davis would not be getting any major coaching offers.
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    Honestly, I read Davis' AP interview several times and I did not see any comment that explicitly said he "wants to return to the sidelines" as this article is titled. I think someone is drawing an inference here and trying to state it as a fact.
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    Could be. I think though the comments by his friend, the AD that hired him speak volumes as to what perhaps he isn't ready to come out and blatantly say himself. My story used that title as a "Report" as this was the first line from the AP story By: Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Butch Davis wants to be a head coach again.
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