Bucs make it official on Butch Davis

This was widely reported last week, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just sent out the official announcement that Butch Davis has been hired as a special assistant to head coach Greg Schiano.

The Bucs have made it clear that Davis will assistant and advise Schiano in a wide range of football matters, but will not do any coaching. Davis is still collecting his severance package from the University of North Carolina and a coaching position could have jeopardized that.

But having Davis, who previously was a head coach for the Cleveland Browns and an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys, should help Schiano as he makes the leap from the college game to the NFL.

"Butch has been a close friend and mentor of mine going back to our time together at (the University of) Miami,’’ said Schiano, who worked as the defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes when Davis was the head coach. “I am excited to have his extensive football background and knowledge on board. He has had success on every level, and I know he will be a huge asset, not only to me, but to the entire Buccaneers organization."

The Bucs also made a similar move in hiring longtime NFL assistant Jimmy Raye II as a senior offensive assistant. But, unlike Davis, Raye will be allowed to do on-field coaching with the players. Raye should be a big asset for new offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who previously worked as quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants.

The Bucs have yet to make any announcement on a defensive coordinator.