Butch Davis may have been fired from North Carolina, but not before making sure the family name had a chance to live on.
Before getting the ax last month, Davis reportedly offered a scholarship to his son, Drew, a senior quarterback at East Chapel Hill High, without telling chancellor Holden Thorp or athletic director Dick Baddour.
"I found out about that a couple months ago when I saw it online," Thorp told the News & Observer. "And yes, I was disappointed that neither the athletic director nor I knew about that."
UNC is already in the NCAA spotlight and doesn't need any more attention. The university is currently facing penalties for nine NCAA violations. Its hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions is Oct. 28. Davis was fired on July 27 for what Thorp said was a "collection of problems."
Sons earning scholarships from their coaching fathers aren't anything new in college football. Recently, Cody Hawkins played quarterback under his father, Dan, at Colorado, and Riley Dodge was a quarterback and receiver for his father, Todd, at North Texas. Neither was a success story. Hawkins' playing time was often thanks to nepotism and Dodge transferred to McNeese State after his father was fired at the end of last season.
Davis is an unranked dual-threat quarterback, according to Rivals.com, who also had interest from Connecticut and Wake Forest. Thorp was not definitive on whether he intended to honor or pull Drew Davis' offer.
"Drew is a good kid and I feel bad for him in all this," Thorp told the News & Observer, "and for all I know, we would love to have him on the football team. But with everything going on, it would be good for the athletic director and the coach to talk about that and probably for all three of us to talk."
In a twist of irony, while Thorp is trying to avoid an ethical conundrum, he might have committed a minor NCAA violation by publicly identifying a UNC recruit before he's signed with the program.
Oh well. Just add it to UNC's NCAA tab.
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