The Teacher, Coach, Quarterback And The Waterboy

Entering the season, Davis' goal was to return the program to the level of unprecedented success that it enjoyed in the 1980s and early 1990s. During that era, Miami spawned Championship teams, legendary college quarterbacks in Vinny Testaverde, Gino Torreta and future National Football League (NFL) gunslingers Jim Kelly and Bernie Kosar.

Incidentally, Davis was the defensive line coach of the 1987 Miami team that won the Championship. At the time, he coached an All-American roster of defensive linemen in Russell Maryland (#1 pick overall by the Dallas Cowboys), Bill Hawkins, Cortez Kennedy, Daniel Stubbs and the late Jerome Brown. Miami also produced linebacker Ken Norton and free safety Thomas Everett. While various coaches could have done well given the talent at Miami, Davis was the best one suited for the job. First, Davis thrived when challenged; a true test of a champion. He was a leader to his team who stayed upbeat even when things look bleak. He was also a visionary on and off the field.

He knew the importance of laying down the foundation for a solid football program. He convinced the Athletic Director to invest over $2 million dollars to bolster the Greentree Practice Field. He also understood the importance of doing things right from step one. Corporate heavyweight General Electric mastered this "basic" concept with the Six Sigma quality program. The process that Davis wanted to perfect was one of human development; the same focus that former General Electric Chairman Jack Welch emphasized throughout his tenure, which started in 1981.

Davis understood better than anyone else that building a Championship team on the field was only half the equation: Davis wanted to mold his recruits into all-star human beings off the field as well
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He fostered an environment where players volunteered in the community. He once said: "I want us to be successful, but I want kids to leave here with the sense that there's more important things to individual success than winning football games."

Davis saw the bigger picture and prided himself in building Miami back to the powerhouse level it once was. Sure the flattery was nice, but the results were what mattered to Butch. He made the players see that if they cast aside their egos, commit themselves to success both on and off the field, act responsibly and work as one, then anything would be possible.

This was the focus that Director Dee was hoping for when he recruited Davis. From there, he let Davis take over and the results spoke for themselves.
Miami won the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 2002 with Larry Coker as coach. But to some extent, it was an extension of what Davis had started. By then, Davis had been recruited as the National Football League's (NFL) Cleveland Browns coach.