"Support Butch Davis" Quickly Becoming A Movement
CHARLOTTE, NC - "Support Butch Davis", is no longer just a suggestion to University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp from fans, it's also quickly becoming a movement.
SupportButchDavis.com launched Sunday and has already garnered almost 10,000 visitors. While on the site, fans can register to show their support for the football coach.
Shortly after the website's launch, online strategist Jon Watkins launched a Facebook fan page, with the same title.
The website's founder, Mike Brown, who also operates NorthMyrtleBeachOnline.com, says it was time to organize the fan base. "If you can put everyone together, you have numbers. Numbers equal power."
More than a dozen UNC football players and an assistant coach have been at the center of NCAA investigations in Chapel Hill. Critics have called for the University of North Carolina's Board of Governor's to evaluate Davis' job status.
Brown says he got the idea after hearing that friends were writing Thorp, asking for the chancellor to retain the coach. Brown says, "those emails alone weren't sending a loud enough message."
Now, the site's goal is to get at least 50,000 fans to show support for Coach Davis. Brown says, so far, 99% of the response has been positive.
However, Brown isn't stopping with just the website. Brown's team plans to fly an arial banner with the words "Support Butch Davis" over Kenan Stadium during the William & Mary game on October 30th.
In addition to the fan page, Watkins says he's also offering "Support Butch Davis" shirts. We're told, in just a few hours, the site had already sold hundreds of the shirts. In addition, folks are apparently donating "stockpile" shirts. The site plans to distribute these shirts to students before the for the Virginia Tech game on November 13th.