Former Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis spoke publicly for the first time since resigning in April 2016, and he said he regrets the choices that forced him to leave.
Davis left Alabama last year after lying to the NCAA about alleged recruiting violations. He told AL.com’s Matt Zentiz that he wishes he had told the truth in his meetings with investigators.
“I think about it all the time and wish I handled it differently,” Davis said. “I just wish I had really thought things over before answering their questions and that I had just been honest with myself and honest with them.”
Zenitz, citing sources, reports the NCAA was investigating an alleged meeting on Dec.11, 2014 between Davis and four recruits at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. All the recruits were too young for Davis to visit off-campus at the time.
Davis’ alleged visit was 18 months earlier than allowed for sophomores Marvin Wilson, Walker Little and Jhamon Ausbon. It was six months earlier than allowed for junior Giovanni Pancotti.
During his first meeting with NCAA investigators in September 2015, Davis reportedly denied visiting Episcopal in December. At the second meeting with investigators, he admitted to visiting the school but denied meeting with those players. He finally admitted to meeting the players during his third meeting with investigators, but denied the meeting had been arranged ahead of time.
Had Davis immediately admitted to meeting the players, he might still be coaching at Alabama. Another SEC coach only had to serve a one-game suspension for impermissible contact in 2015.
However, Davis’ dishonesty with investigators forced Alabama athletic director Bill Battle’s hand.
“This is something that I hate to have to do,” Battle told Davis. “But based on the information we have, you have to either be terminated or you can resign.”
Davis is unlikely to be hired by another program until after the conclusion of the NCAA investigation, which is still ongoing.