Dec 30, 2010; Nashville, TN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis reacts to a call during the Music City Bowl against the Tennessee Volunteers at LP Field. The Tar Heels defeated the Volunteers 30-27 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Bucs Hire Butch Davis


TAMPA — The Buccaneers coaching search got a jolt today as reports are breaking that Tampa has hired former University of Miami head coach Butch Davis as the Senior Assistant Defensive Coordinator.

Alex Marvez of FoxSports broke the story via Twitter.

It’s not a sexy title — in fact it sound like a title Monty Python came up with but then again it seems like the Flying Circus is running the Bucss right now.

But Tampa has finally nailed down a head coach with NFL experience and veteran experience, albeit Davis’ NFL gig was a failed stint in Cleveland.

The Buccaneers have hired Butch Davis as the new Senior Assistant to the Defense. (Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE)

Davis’ career would almost come to a bizarre Tim Burton circle as he’d be working for the guy he hired to run his defense at Miami in the early 2000′s. But that defense just happened to be one of the best to ever play on the same college football team in the history of the NCAA.

Davis started his career with former universoty of Miami coach Jimmy Johnson eventually becoming his defesive coordinator in Dallas. Davis then went to Miami before cashing in on his college success by accepting an NFL job. That job just happened to be the new head coach of the revived Cleveland Browns.

Davis failed in Cleveland and limped back into the college ranks coaching North Carolina to a respectable record. The main thing Davis did at North Carolina was recruit players that have been selected high in the NFL Draft. This bodes well for his development of the Buccaneers young players on defense.

There was much speculation that Davis would be hired by his former understudy Schiano as soon as Schiano was hired in Tampa.

Davis won’t be the defensive coordinator but he’s basically going to be Big Poppa to whoever assumes the role. But by being Big Poppa, he’s pretty much going to be running the defense which is a really good thing.

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