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North Carolina fires football coach Butch Davis

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  • North Carolina coach Butch Davis pauses during interviews at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff Monday in Pinehurst, N.C. University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Wednesday that Davis has been dismissed as head coach of the football program.

      North Carolina coach Butch Davis pauses during interviews at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff Monday in Pinehurst, N.C. University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Wednesday that Davis has been dismissed as head coach of the football program.
    Associated Press

 
By Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina has fired football coach Butch Davis.

The school issued a statement Wednesday night announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice.

Chancellor Holden Thorp says the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation into possible improper benefits and academic misconduct in the football program.

Rather, Thorp says he "lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution."

The school scheduled a news conference Thursday morning to discuss the dismissal.

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