Butch Davis has been fired as head coach of the North Carolina football team, according to CBSSports.com sources.
The termination comes after the new Board of Trustees met in a closed session Wednesday to discuss the future of the football program. Davis remained employed for over a year as North Carolina has undergone NCAA investigation for both impermissible benefits and academic improprieties.
Earlier this summer, North Carolina received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA - which detailed 9 different violations being alleged against the football program.
North Carolina Chancellor Holden 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.
North Carolina Athletic Director Dick Baddour released a statement regarding Davis' dismissal.
"I want to thank Butch Davis and his family for their four-plus years of service and dedication to the University and the Chapel Hill community," said Baddour. "My staff and I will work with Chancellor Thorp to transition to an interim head coach as soon as possible. It is critical that we do all we can to help our students and other staff members on the football team since preseason training camp begins in just eight days."
Davis was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for three and a half seasons, beginning in 2001. In 2002, he coached the only Browns team to make the playoffs since 1994.