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    导出博客文章MIAMI -- Butch Davis kept the message simple when he met with his new FIU football team for the first time Tuesday. Nike Shox Nz Australia .He rattled off a list of schools who arent in major conferences and still found a way to get into major bowls in recent years, the likes of Boise State and Northern Illinois and Central Florida and Houston.If they can get into Jan. 1 bowl games, why not us? Davis said. Why not us?And with that, Davis next rebuilding project began.Davis five-year contract -- one thats worth about $1 million annually -- was finalized Tuesday, his first day on the job as FIUs newest football coach. He hasnt seen the team play yet and is leaning against going to either of the Panthers final two games this season, choosing for now to spend the majority of his time getting a staff together and preparing to start culling South Floridas super-fertile recruiting ground once again.I love this opportunity, said Davis, who has been an ESPN analyst for the last three years and sought the Miami job -- his old job -- that went to Mark Richt last December. I am grateful to be here and to be the head football coach at FIU. And I look at this challenge as one that has no limits for the ceiling.Davis was introduced to the FIU community at the schools stadium, one that hasnt had much to cheer about in the last few years.This will be the fifth consecutive season that the Panthers miss a bowl game, and now Davis will be the one charged with making sure that streak doesnt last much longer.This is a day today thats a gamechanger, said Pete Garcia, FIUs executive director of sports and entertainment -- and someone who worked side-by-side with Davis at Miami and with the Cleveland Browns. Not just for FIU football, but for FIU athletics.Davis went 51-20 at Miami from 1995 to 2000, taking over a program decimated by sanctions and scholarship losses and turning it into one that would dominate its way to the 2001 national title. Davis was with the Browns when that title was won, taking them to the playoffs in 2002 -- the last appearance in the postseason for that franchise.He coached North Carolina from 2007 through 2010, then got fired in 2011 as part of the fallout of an NCAA investigation. Davis was never implicated in that scandal.Getting let go by the Tar Heels left a bad taste in Davis mouth, though he said he had a bigger reason for wanting to resume his career on the sideline.The motivation to take this job had to do with kids, Davis said. I love kids. I love coaching. I love the competition. I love the recruiting aspect. I love being in the locker room and the weight room. ... Thats why you coach. If you dont coach for the kids, you shouldnt coach at all.Not long before Davis first FIU event, Richt said he wished the newest coach in town well. Miami and FIU are scheduled to resume their series in 2018 and 2019.I think Butch is a great coach, period, Richt said. I think hes a great person. I think it already is a home run for FIU. I know hes going to be excited about the challenge and the opportunity there. Well have to get ready when the time comes. I dont know him well, but Ive known him for a while, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and a person.FIU President Dr. Mark Rosenberg said he thinks Tuesdays move will be one that resonates at the school for a long time.Butch Davis has fire in the belly for excellence, Rosenberg said. He has fire in the belly for student-athletes. And he has fire in the belly for American college football.---More AP college football: Cheap Nike Air Max Tn Trainers . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. Cheap Nike Air Max Plus Tn .com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena. .com) - Yankee Stadium is the home of the Bronx Bombers, but on Sunday afternoon it will open its gates to host the latest addition of the Hudson River Rivalry.Paul Nicholls extended his lead over Willie Mullins in a pulsating duel for the British trainers championship when enjoying a 54th birthday 20-1 four-timer at Wincanton. Paul Nicholls extended his lead over Willie Mullins in a pulsating duel for the British trainers championship when enjoying a 54th birthday 20-1 four-timer at Wincanton.Fresh from a fabulous four-timer at Ayr on Saturday, highlighted by Vicentes victory in the Scottish Grand National that put him back in the driving seat, the Ditcheat handler repeated the trick at his local track from just four runners. Nicholls now has a handy £43,160 advantage over his Irish rival as the battle enters its final week.Zubayr (1-8 favourite) gave Nicholls the best possible start as he romped away with the Ridegway BMW Novices Hurdle.The four-year-old never gave his supporters an anxious moment as he made amends for a poor show at Cheltenham.The French import had been sent off third-favourite for the Triumph Hurdle on the back of a smooth debut success in the Grade Two Adonis Hurdle at Kempton, but was well-beaten behind Ivanovich Gorbatov.However, Zubayr got back on track with a confidence-boosting win by eight lengths under Nick Scholfield.Nicholls said: I knew I ran him too quick at Cheltenham when I saw him in the paddock. We were hard on him and rushed to get ready for Kempton and he wasnt really right in his coat.Hes done well since. This was a different race but hes had a nice run round and I expect youll see him back here at Wincanton in the Elite Hurdle in November.It will be perfect for him.Nicholls doubled up when Emerging Talent comfortably took the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing National Hunt Novices Hurdle.Ridden by 5lb claimer Harry Cobden to offset some of his double penalty, the 5-6 favourite cruised into the lead after jumping two out from the pace-setting Bun Doran.He just had to be pushed out to hold Kerrow by three lengths with Bun Doran fading 20 lengths back into third. I knew I ran him too quick at Cheltenham when I saw him in the paddock. Hes done well since. This was a different race but hes had a nice run round and I expect youll see him back here at Wincanton in the Elite Hurdle in November. It will be perfect for him. Cheap Nike Tns Online. Paul Nicholls Movewiththetimes (11-4) gave Nicholls a hat-trick when making a winning debut in division one of the Collects Points, Go Racing With Rewards4Racing Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.The JP McManus-owned newcomer was delivered with precision by Sam Twiston-Davies to tackle Tom Georges Cruiseaweigh and come out on top by three-quarters of a length after a prolonged tussle in the straight.It was a similar story in division two with Capitaine (7-4 favourite) completing the foursome when defeating Minella For Me, also from the George stable, by 13 lengths to give Twiston-Davies a double.Nicholls confirmed his determination to retain the title by sending plenty of runners to the West Country meetings during the week before going all out for the finale at Sandown on Saturday, which Nicholls feels will be crucial.Weve got plenty to run during the week at the smaller meetings in the West Country, he told Racing UK.At the end of the day it comes down to what happens at Sandown on Saturday. There are a couple of Grade Ones there and they are usually the races that decides. Well just have to see what happens on Saturday.Weve got Southfield Theatre in the bet365 Gold Cup and hes probably spearheading next weekend. He wants good ground and hasnt had it for a while.Ill sit down and see what I can enter. Dodging Bullets will have an entry. There are some nice novice handicaps.Nicholls revealed Sir Alex Ferguson, a friend and owner at the yard, contacted him following his triumph in Scotland.Hes a great man and sent me a wonderful text last night on the way home. He loved it all, he said.Were just going to keep doing what weve been doing. Well keep running the horses in the right races and hope results go our way.Next Saturday is going to be a big day. 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