Former Cleveland Browns head coach Butch Davis is getting back into coaching. Davis last coached the North Carolina Tar Heels from 2007-2010, but now he will leave his analyst role at ESPN to be the new head coach of Florida International University (FIU) in 2017.
Davis was hired by Pete Garcia, who has pretty much always been Davis’ right hand man, including with the Browns, when Garcia was made director of football development, ousting Dwight Clark in the process. Garcia is currently FIU's executive director of sports and entertainment.
Davis was the Browns' head coach from 2001-2004, and to this day, he has to go down as the best Browns coach since the team returned to the league in 1999. The Browns were an expansion team in 1999, yet in 2001, his first year with the club, he had them up to a 7-9 record. In 2002, he had them finish at 9-7 and their only playoff appearance in the expansion era. Things turned south the following two years in large part due to Davis' lackluster roster management skills, and he resigned when the team was 3-8 in 2004.