Butch Davis agrees to one-year contract extension at UNC

Nov 21, 2007 - 9:51 PM CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Butch Davis agreed to terms with North Carolina on a one-year contract extension Wednesday, ending speculation that he will leave the school to coach at Arkansas next season.

Davis now is under contract through the 2014 season. The 56-year-old also received a raise of $291,000, pending approval from North Carolina's board of trustees. He reportedly agreed to an annual salary of $1.8 million upon taking the job on November 13, 2006.

North Carolina has struggled in its first season under Davis, going 3-8 overall and 2-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Tar Heels conclude their season this Saturday against rival Duke (1-10, 0-7).

The Tar Heels have shown signs of improvement this season, however, suffering five losses by a touchdown or less.

"We recognize the progress Davis has made in rebuilding and generating momentum in the Carolina football program," UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said. "Progress has been demonstrated by the hard work of the players on and off the field, the competitive games Carolina has played against one of the nation's most difficult schedules, the excitement each week at Kenan Stadium and the quality of the student-athletes he and his staff are recruiting."

Widespread rumors began circulating last weekend that Davis would leave Chapel Hill to take the post at his alma mater of Arkansas, which reportedly will fire coach Houston Nutt at the end of the regular season.

But Davis evidently is comfortable with the task of coaching the Tar Heels.

"My family and I felt like Chapel Hill was the right place last year and are even more convinced after being here for one season," he said. "I'm appreciative of the show of support from Dick Baddour, the administration, Chancellor Moeser and the Board of Trustees.

"I'm confident we will continue to make progress in all phases of the football program. ... This should put to rest any speculation of where I'll be coaching in the future."

A native of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Davis inherited a UNC program which had gone 25-45 over the six previous campaigns.

Davis had been out of coaching since the 2004 NFL season, when he resigned as coach of the Cleveland Browns with four games remaining. He posted a 24-36 record in four seasons, guiding the franchise to one playoff appearance.

Prior to taking the job with the Browns, Davis returned Miami University to national prominence from 1995-2000. Taking over a program that had been hit with heavy sanctions, he posted a 51-20 record in Coral Gables.

In his final season at Miami, Davis guided the Hurricanes to an 11-1 record and No. 2 final ranking. He was then lured to the NFL, signing a five-year, $15 million contract to become coach of the Browns.

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