Florida Golden Eagles football coach Butch Davis told Action Network on Monday that his contract will expire next month without a new deal and that he will not return after the 2021 season.
He also accused the administration of sabotage and revealed the lack of resources made available to him and his team of coaches.
“This year has been a nightmare,” Davis told Action Network. “You can imagine the reaction of the players when a head coach position was posted online. The administration sabotaged the program.
Earlier this year, the FIU posted a job posting for the head football coach on the school’s website. The position was also posted on the American Football Coaches Association job site.
“Their decisions to advertise the position have had a major negative impact on the football program and our ability to recruit and retain players.”
For example, he told Action Network, the Golden Eagles were not allowed to recruit on the road for two seasons due to financial restrictions presented by the pandemic. Assistants were only offered one-year contracts, Davis said.
He also said that when he arrived in 2017, the equipment situation was so dire that the FIU acquired epaulettes from the state of Mississippi that had already been in use for five years. Match jerseys are nine years old, according to Davis.
USA TODAY Sports has contacted the CRF for comment on Davis’ comments and claims.
Davis became an important coach as a staff member of Jimmy Johnson with the Miami Hurricanes and Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. In Dallas, he served as defensive coordinator for two seasons before returning to Miami as head coach (1995-2000).
He then returned to the NFL for Davis, who was head coach of the Cleveland Browns before stepping down from 11 games in the 2004 campaign. He served as the team’s general manager for his last three seasons there and led. the Browns made the playoffs in 2002 after going 9-7 in the regular season, their best ever in Cleveland.
Davis’ tenure in North Carolina (2007-10) – his return to training after a three-year hiatus – was marred by academic misconduct. He was fired in a subsequent NCAA investigation. Davis spent time as an ESPN analyst and was hired in November 2016 by the FIU.
Heath Glick was appointed interim sporting director of the FIU last week after Pete Garcia resigned from his post, which he held for 15 years. Garcia hired Davis, who saw immediate success at the CRF with three consecutive appearances in a bowl and a 2017-19 record of 23-16.
But the Golden Eagles went winless in a shortened five-game pandemic season last year and are 1-9 this season, going 0-6 in the American Conference game. .
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