'Bama looks to interview Davis
AD Moore: 'There's a lot going on with the NCAA'
Updated: Tuesday November 28, 2000 1:21 PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama athletic director Mal Moore plans to interview Miami coach Butch Davis for the Crimson Tide's vacant head coaching job later this week.
Moore spoke with Davis by telephone on Sunday and said he hopes for a face-to-face meeting in the "early-to-middle" part of the week. He said Monday no location or time had been set, and that he had not met with any candidates in person.
Moore also said he hoped to speak to another candidate by phone Monday, but would not disclose who that was.
Alabama's situation is clouded by the fact that the NCAA is looking into potential violations within the football program. NCAA investigators were expected to interview DuBose and several assistants as well as selected players in Tuscaloosa Monday and Tuesday.
"There's a lot of things going on with the NCAA," Moore told The Associated Press Monday in a telephone interview. "We want to be able to inform the prospective coaches, to keep them abreast of what's taking place here. We're trying to make all this work at one time."
He said he told the candidates of the NCAA contact before it was made public last Wednesday.
Moore is leading the search to replace Mike DuBose, ousted as Alabama coach after the Crimson Tide finished 3-8 in his fourth season, their worst record since 1957.
Moore said he doesn't want to wait until after a candidate coaches in a bowl game to name a successor.
"I want to do it as quickly as possible," Moore said. "I think it's best for this school, I think it's best for the school that they leave. That's what I'm trying to make happen."
Miami athletic director Paul Dee said Saturday night he has offered Davis, 49, an extension to his current contract, which pays him about $900,000 annually and has three years remaining. Dee would not divulge the terms of the contract proposal.
"We're doing everything we can to keep him," Dee said. "The ball is in his court. We'll see what he wants to do."
The university canceled Davis's regular news conference Sunday, saying only that he wasn't "on the grounds." Moore said Davis was not in Tuscaloosa Sunday or Monday.
The Hurricanes are 10-1 and ranked second in The Associated Press poll. One Southeastern Conference coach said he wasn't surprised the NCAA was looking into Alabama.
"Obviously, it didn't surprise a lot of us," Florida's Steve Spurrier said. "If all us coaches were honest, we'd say we thought something like this was going to happen."
He declined to elaborate, saying, "Why do I say that? Go ask them."