Does Butch Davis Firing Ruin UNC's 2011 Football Season?

Carolina March wonders what will happen the the University of North Carolina's 2011 football season in the wake of the sudden firing of head coach Butch Davis. When a university fires its head coach days before the start of the month of August, you know there's a problem. Carolina March calls it a "stupid, panicked move":

It is eight days before training camp begins, and the administration has stood by the coach for a full year. An entire recruiting class was signed under the promise that UNC was standing by their coach and the program would survive the current scandal intact; it only hurts the school's integrity to suddenly go back on that promise.

Carolina March goes on to argue that the 2011 season is "pretty much destroyed": the players will be "confused," coordinators will be concerned about finding new jobs, and it will be hard to convince top potential coaches to come to UNC given how surprising the firing was and the school's current issues with the NCAA. It could be a long, strange season in Chapel Hill.

For more on UNC's troubles, continue to follow this storystream.

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