Posted June 28, 2012

Son of fired UNC coach Butch Davis walks on to Tar Heel football team

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Butch Davis’ son, Drew, has walked on to the North Carolina football team his father once coached. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Nearly a year after his father was fired without cause by the University of North Carolina, Drew Davis has enrolled at the school and received a walk-on position with the football team.

According to the Raleigh News and Observer, Davis enrolled at UNC last week and will be a non-scholarship quarterback for the Tar Heels, who are now led by Larry Fedora after Butch Davis was let go last July.

“We evaluated the tape as we would on any other kid,” Fedora said. “Obviously, he had some success at East Chapel Hill. His high school coach spoke highly of him. We told him if he wanted to be a part of our team at North Carolina, we would welcome him.”

Davis coached the Tar Heels for four seasons before being shown the door following an NCAA investigation into improper agent-player relationships and academic  improprieties. The university continues to pay Davis’ $2.7 million buyout while he serves as a special assistant to Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano.

Davis threw for more than 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in a pass-happy offense his senior season. He entertained the possibility of going to the University of Miami — another school at which his dad coached — before deciding on UNC, where he’s good friends with starting quarterback Bryn Renner.