With former University of Miami coach Al Golden out of a job and talk of his replacement already heating up, 1995-2000 Hurricanes coach Butch Davis publicly acknowledged Monday morning that he would relish returning as the next Hurricanes coach.
Meanwhile, on Monday evening, Larry Scott, 38, the Hurricanes assistant who was appointed interim head coach until the end of the season by athletic director Blake James, appeared for the first time on the school-promoted Hurricane Hotline radio show that previously featured Golden.
Scott said that Tuesday, when the Canes (4-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) return to practice “and hit the field” for the first time since their 58-0 defeat to Clemson, “they’re going to really feel an energy that is going to start with me but is going to be from everybody in the building... We’re going to attack tomorrow, and we’re going to attack this thing… each day.
“We need those guys to take that step forward and we need our Hurricane family to support each and every one of those young men. That’s what I made clear to the staff and everybody, that this has nothing to do with any of us.”
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“This has everything to do with the young men that are in this program. We owe it to them to come tomorrow with a passion and with an energy and with everything we got into this business to do. We need to revisit why we do what we do and cling to that.”
Scott said he wants to see “a team that’s going to stand up and fight, a team that’s going to play their tails off for themselves, for each other … A team that gives you energy, that gives you passion, that plays fast, that plays physical and obviously that plays smart. We want them to stand up and be men about this thing and give everything they have in them and let it lay out all over the field.”
Before he made his WQAM radio debut as interim coach, Scott made his first post-announcement tweet at 1:02 p.m.
“Our foundation is built,” he tweeted. “Proud of our team. Time to finish what we started. We are going to make our next step our best step. #OURTEAM.”
By 6 p.m. the post had been retweeted about 400 times , including by former Hurricane offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, now a tackle for the Buffalo Bills. “Good luck Coach Scott!” Henderson said. “I know you will represent us well. #BringTheUBack.”
Davis, the man who brought the ‘U ‘back from NCAA sanctions in the mid 1990s to a team on the brink of a national title in 2000, has not coached since 2010 at North Carolina. He was fired in July 2011 after a major UNC academic scandal, though he was not directly implicated in the scandal and said Monday that he “was not involved in anything that took place.”
UM would be wary about bringing Davis back in light of the Hurricanes’ own recent NCAA sanctions, but many would support his return.
On Monday, Davis was on 790 The Ticket’s Zaslow and Joy Show with Brett Romberg, and said, when asked if he were interested in the UM job, “I’d love to be considered for that opportunity, and time will tell whether or not that’s a direction that the school would like to go. I’ve told people many, many times everything I’ve ever accomplished as a coach has its roots in Miami.”
Davis, 63, said his age was “just a number. I’ve been the biggest kid on my block my entire life. …As coaches get older, one of the things that hurts them in the long run is they end up hating recruiting. It’s something that I’ve absolutely loved my entire coaching career.”
Another former Hurricane, legendary UM safety Ed Reed, who has never coached but recently finished an illustrious NFL career, said Monday in a radio/TV interview on the Los Angeles-based Rich Eisen Show, that “he would entertain” a call from UM about the job.
“I was [thinking] like, ‘Man, maybe put my name in the mix for a coaching job.’ … I haven’t received a call from a 305 number, just so you know,’’ Reed said.
Would you want a call from a 305 number? Eisen asked.
“I would definitely listen, definitely would go and talk and want to know where are they trying to go, what are they looking to do,” replied Reed. “I would entertain it.”