Why Did Butch Davis Help Ron Turner Leave?January 5th, 2013
Standing at the podium for his final 2012 news conference last week, Greg Schiano wore a black and white, rubber-looking bracelet dangling from his wrist engraved with the word, “Family.”
Family is a big theme in the New Schiano Order. Schiano himself even leads his “Family 1, 2, 3 cheer” with the Buccaneers.
So given the allegiance Schiano demands, Joe was very surprised to hear 2012 Bucs quarterbacks coach Ron Turner tell a Miami radio show that it was trusted Schiano senior advisor Butch Davis who asked him if he wanted to coach Florida International University and then recommended him for the FIU job. Turner was hired by FIU on Thursday.
“Butch Davis is very good friends with [FIU athletic director] Pete Garcia,” Turner told WQAM-AM. “Butch and I were together on the staff in Tampa this past year. I’ve known Butch for a long time. And Butch asked me one day if I, you know, wanted to be a coach in college again. And I said, ’Yes, I absolutely do.’ And he asked if I’d be interested in FIU, and I said, ‘Yeah, I would. I want to do some research on it, look into it a little bit, but yes, I would definitely have some interest.” I was familiar enough to know a lot of good things were going on. I did some research, liked it, and Butch was kind enough to recommend me to Pete Garcia.”
Asked whether Davis was legitimately considered for the FIU job, Turner said those were rumors and “when that happened, Butch recommended me.”
This was very bizarre to Joe and makes Joe wonder what the heck went on behind the scenes.
Did Davis, on the Bucs payroll, get permission from the Bucs to recommend his buddy Turner for another job during the Bucs season?
Or did Davis disrespect the family and work to help his friends above the interests of the Buccaneers?
Or, was Davis encouraged by Schiano to find Turner work because the organization was looking to get Turner out of his contract?
Whatever the truth is here, Joe finds it fascinating that a well paid Buccaneers consultant helped a key assistant coach leave the team.