FireButchDavis.com redirects to TarheelBlue.com

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FireButchDavis.com redirects to TarHeelBlue.com which is the official athletic site of the University of North Carolina.
Online chatter assumes U.N.C. has bought the domain, but why would U.N.C. even activate it?
According to WhoIs.DomainTools.com the domain registration is private, but has been around for several years.
The recent controversy surrounding Butch Davis may have resurrected a sleepy domain that already had the redirect some time ago. One commenter below claims to have noticed the redirect over a year ago.
The reason we are interested in it now is the wide and growing assumption that U.N.C. is behind the domain which seems very unlikely.

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22 Responses to FireButchDavis.com redirects to TarheelBlue.com

  1. Alpha Wolf 10/05/2010 at 1:12 PM #

    UNC is pulling out all the stops to control PR in this mess, starting with an Orwellian web redaction of anything to do with the tutor to this, and a lot in between. For example, the ad hominem astroturf attacks on anyone who dares speak out against them. Adam Gold and Joe Ovies are State homers. Charles Robinson hates Carolina because he went to Michigan State…and so forth and so on.

    They have an excuse for everything, but no reasonable explanation for ANYTHING.

    What’s funny is that stunts like this just keep blowing up in their faces. They have a problem with the facts and that alone is all one needs to come to a reasonable conclusion about what they are doing.

  2. Daily Update 10/05/2010 at 1:14 PM #

    I don’t think it is owned by UNC. Someone on Packpride found the purchase date of the domain to be timed exactly when UNC was 4-3 and 0-3 in the ACC in 2009.

  3. LKNpackfan 10/05/2010 at 1:24 PM #
  4. TAEdisonHokie 10/05/2010 at 1:27 PM #

    Here’s my personal opinion on the tutor. When she retained a lawyer, UNC AD Baddour realized he went too far when he attempted to characterize the firing of the tutor for “being too friendly” with the football players. Can anyone say “lawsuit for defamation of character”? In this case, her teaching career has probably been ruined thanks to Baddour. UNC is looking at a very messy public exposure in the legal system, or a big-dollar settlement.

    So, after the horse has long since disappeared over the distant horizon, Baddour and his gang are attempting to downplay the tutor story. The media outlets are going along with shutting down the story because they are also the likely targets of a wide-ranging suit.

  5. Plz2BStateFan 10/05/2010 at 1:29 PM #

    Do we actually want Davis fired?

    There hasnt been any real discussion on this point.

  6. cWOhLFrPAiCKs 10/05/2010 at 1:36 PM #

    ^No! We don’t! So the longer they hold on to him, the better. Do you really think that he’ll be able to compete WITHOUT paying high ranked recruits tons of money to come to UNC? How are they expected to compete academically when they fired the tutor that was helping everyone?

    LONG LIVE BMFD!

  7. TAEdisonHokie 10/05/2010 at 1:37 PM #

    Plz2BStateFan – Good point! As a case in point, Tech fans were deeply saddened when UVA fired Al Groh…we were looking forward to many more beat-downs of the mighty Cavs! But, looking on the bright side, he landed the DC job at GT and has managed to screw up their entire defensive system! LOL!!

  8. Plz2BStateFan 10/05/2010 at 1:46 PM #

    Butch’s only qualities is that he is a very good salesmen. He is like the serpent in the garden of eden. Can convince weak minded individuals of anything.

    But it also seems that he is weak at actual game day coaching.

    So if you assume that UNC football will be damaged in terms of recruiting from here on out, and Davis stays, I think it could be a win win.

  9. Daily Update 10/05/2010 at 1:48 PM #

    From packpride:

    firebutchdavis.com is registered in the name “Oneandone” located at 701 Lee Road, Suite 100, Chesterbrook, PA 19087. Phone number on file is 1-877-206-4254. It was registered on October 23, 2009.

  10. StateFans 10/05/2010 at 1:52 PM #

    ^ That Chesterbrook, PA address is just the hosting company used.

  11. StateFans 10/05/2010 at 1:54 PM #

    UNC may be taking out all of the PR stops in this effort…but, I can promise you that this situation is NOT them.

    Tune into SFN later today for more on this! :-)

  12. Phang 10/05/2010 at 2:00 PM #

    ^?!

  13. ShavlikLeague 10/05/2010 at 2:07 PM #

    The domain name was originally created in 2003, while Davis was head coach for the Browns. Here’s an archive of the site back in 2003:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20031209111748/http://firebutchdavis.com/

    Later in 2004, the owner is looking to make some money for the domain name:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20040918234409/http://www.firebutchdavis.com/

    No significant ownership changes were made until May 26, 2006…and then after Thorpe announces the hiring of Davis on Nov. 13, 2006, the domain changes ownership on Nov. 27, 2006, the exact day that Davis officially succeeds Bunting.

    After that, there are a great deal of ownership changes, with the most significant change being the one mentioned by Daily Update above, occurring on Oct. 23, 2009 (there had not been any ownership changes since Dec. 15, 2008). 10-23 was the Friday after UNC lost to Florida State, 30 to 27 on the Thursday night ESPN game in Chapel Hill to go 0 and 3 in the ACC.

  14. WULF 10/05/2010 at 2:11 PM #

    Can we start a website called StateFansforDavis.com? :)

  15. NCSU88 10/05/2010 at 2:12 PM #

    All I know is that you guys have some skills.

  16. StateFans 10/05/2010 at 2:21 PM #

    Quick question related to the recent ownership changes — could those ‘changes’ also have been created by changes in credit card numbers on record?

  17. NCStatePride 10/05/2010 at 2:37 PM #

    WHOIS is independent of payment data, IIRC. If a user wants to use a different credit card to pay the registration company, that’s between the user and the corporation (i.e. not a change in owner).

  18. 89BSBA 10/05/2010 at 2:37 PM #

    ^ “Do we actually want Davis fired?”

    Yes. If I had a sister, and she married a cheating lying SOB, who was trashing her reputation, beating her kids, and otherwise treating her like dirt, I’d want to stop it.

    I want my family safe and doing the best they can do.

    So when we beat the ever-loving snot out of them (41-10) there’s nothing they can say. I want the best competion possible, and if it’s too much for us, well, that says more about us then them, doesn’t it?

    So long as it’s fair, that is.

  19. ShavlikLeague 10/05/2010 at 4:17 PM #

    WHOIS record changes can be recorded for direct domain ownership changes, as well as other entries on the WHOIS record…defined name servers, informational changes relating to administration information, etc.

    I don’t think changing the credit card used for payment would trigger an ownership change, but who knows…probably has more to do with how a particular registrar has it’s system setup to handle payment information. I wouldn’t think that changing the credit card (assuming that it passes the usual security checks for proper usage by the domain registrant) would be a logical trigger for updating a WHOIS record.

  20. highstick 10/05/2010 at 9:41 PM #

    I want Butch to stay and represent the Carolina Way~~~ Who could be a better spokesman?

  21. packalum44 10/05/2010 at 10:53 PM #

    We need Butch to leave simply because many recruits may be loyal to him. It will disrupt the program further when he leaves. NCAA could take years to hand down disciplinary action and even so, some recruits simply like Butch as one mentioned publicly that he would remain committed unless Butch left.

  22. Phang 10/06/2010 at 8:53 AM #

    What about this???

    StateFans Says:
    October 5th, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    UNC may be taking out all of the PR stops in this effort…but, I can promise you that this situation is NOT them.

    Tune into SFN later today for more on this!

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