More than six months after North Carolina fired Butch Davis amid a multi-pronged NCAA investigation, he is back on a football coaching staff.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday that Davis has joined their staff as a "special assistant to the head coach." Davis, according to the NFL team, will "assist and advise" first-year coach Greg Schiano "in a wide range of football aspects."
Because he's joining the Buccaneers as a consultant, Davis still is eligible to receive what North Carolina agreed to pay him as part of his buyout, according to his lawyer. University spokesman Steve Kirschner said he did not have any details on whether Davis' new job would have an impact on his settlement. North Carolina has paid Davis $1,203,917 as part of his buyout.
After a tumultuous 2010 season that was marked by NCAA investigations into impermissible benefits and academic fraud, UNC fired Davis last July, just before practice was to begin. Davis was not named in the NCAA's Notice of Allegations, which was delivered to UNC on June 21, 2011.
The university still is waiting for the NCAA's final ruling.
The school owes Davis an additional $1.77 million, to be paid in three $590,000 installments. Davis is to receive the first of those payments by Jan. 15, 2013, and one each on the same date through 2015.
If he accepts a coaching position between now and Jan. 15, 2013, his buyout would be affected and he'd receive a prorated amount depending upon when he accepted a given coaching position, according to Jonathan Sasser, one of his lawyers.