Friday, September 10, 2010

Baddour: Davis is 'the fit' for North Carolina

North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour offered a strong endorsement of coach Butch Davis Friday afternoon, telling the Capital Sports Report, “He’s the fit for the University of North Carolina.”

Baddour, calling from his cell phone, said he was just leaving the Kenan Football Center after a long meeting with Davis.“I had a good meeting with Butch,” he said. “We had a number of things we wanted to discuss.”

Baddour said there “is progress” on the Carolina players whose status is uncertain, but said, “We’re not at a point where we have resolution, either good or bad.”

The scandal has cost UNC associate coach John Blake his job. Blake resigned Sunday, saying it was best of the program. Baddour refused to say if Davis had ever offered to resign as well.

“If he had or hadn’t, I wouldn’t say that,” Baddour said. “I appreciate the question, but I wouldn’t answer that.”
Instead, Baddour insisted Davis is the right coach for UNC.

“I believe in what he stands for. I believe he knows how to build a program,” Baddour said. He praised Davis for knowing how to develop and motivate his staff. He also praised Davis for understanding the role of the football program in a university setting.

“I believe he’s committed to the academic values of the institution,” Baddour said.

Baddour added, “I believe the things that have gone on are as bothersome to him as the rest of us. He has the commitment and skills to get this ship right.”

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