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The plan for Drew to play for his father at UNC even led to a secondary NCAA rule violation by chancellor Holden Thorp, who said a week after the firing that he was disappointed Butch Davis offered his son a scholarship without consulting Thorp or then-athletic director Dick Baddour. NCAA rules prohibit discussing recruits who haven’t signed a letter of intent.

The Davises said Drew wouldn’t have been on scholarship at UNC under his father.

Butch Davis said Drew made an unofficial visit to his former program at Miami, but he had long wanted to attend North Carolina. That never changed even though Drew will face extra scrutiny as the son of the former coach regardless of whether he plays a snap.

“He’s a good kid,” Butch Davis said. “He’s levelheaded. He’s pretty mature. He didn’t make this decision blindly.”