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UNC chancellor: It begun to chip away at this university's reputation

University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp has dismissed Butch Davis as head coach.

Thorp said in a press release, “To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it's time to make a change. What started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this University's reputation.I have been deliberate in my approach to understanding this situation fully, and I have worked to be fair to everyone involved. However, I have lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution. Our academic integrity is paramount and we must work diligently to protect it. The only way to move forward and put this behind us is to make a change."

Thorp said the decision was not related to any change in the NCAA investigation, but that it was the result of the cumulative damage to the University's reputation over the past year.

"Athletics and football are an important part of this University, and a successful football program is essential to the overall health of our athletic program. That's why we have to put this behind us and move forward."

August camp begins in just eight days for the Tar Heels.

FootballScoop has learned that an interim head coach will be named tomorrow. Our sources tell us the candidates are Everett Withers, John Shoop, Sam Pittman, and Ken Browning.

The consensus is that it will be Withers if the Tar Heels are hoping to potentially keep it together after next December. It will likely go to Browning if UNC wants to go Robbie Caldwell style.

Davis finished 28-23 in four years as head coach, 15-17 in ACC games.