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Davis Close on New Miami Deal

January 21, 2001

MIAMI (AP) _ Butch Davis reaffirmed his desire to remain at the University of Miami.

Davis, in the fourth year of a seven-year contract, said he had a good meeting Saturday morning with athletic director Paul Dee concerning a new contract.

``I truly believe we’ve made as much progress in one hour this morning as we have in six weeks of playing phone tag and back and forth,″ Davis said. ``I have every expectation of signing sometime in the very near future, just as soon as some of the things we talked about verbally this morning get actually put into the typewriter.″

Dee, who attended the Hurricanes’ afternoon basketball game against Connecticut with the coach, said he was expecting a phone call any time from Marvin Demoff, Davis’ California-based agent.

``We had a great meeting today, a really tremendous meeting,″ Dee said. ``I think we’re in good shape.″

The Hurricanes finished the season 11-1 and were consistently ranked among the nation’s top five teams. Davis was rumored to be a candidate to replace Mike DuBose at Alabama and had a conversation with the owners of Houston’s new NFL franchise.

Davis said published reports about a buyout clause being a sticking point in negotiations are not true.

The salary structure for assistant coaches and improvements in team facilities were among the topics Dee and Davis talked about Saturday, the coach said.

``It’s pretty much a formality. It’s a matter of getting it done,″ Davis said. ``I’m not spending any time thinking about it, worrying about it, because I know it’s going to get done. I will have a new contract and I will be the coach at the University of Miami next year.″

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