I have closely followed the lively debate concerning Greg Davis over the last couple of years and especially the last week and believe there are only 3 potential conclusions we can make regarding the situation. These mutually exclusive conclusions are based on 2 facts and one assumption.
Fact 1: Mack Brown is in charge. When he said he accepted responsibility for the UCLA debacle, he is not just being gracious and protecting his "troops," he is stating the obvious. He can hire and fire pretty much whoever he wants. And UT has the money to get him pretty much whomever he wants.
Fact 2: Greg Davis has been the OC for Brown at UT since 1998 and was the OC for Brown at UNC for the 2 years before that.
Assumption: Greg Davis is incompetent. I don't necessarily agree with that, but it seems to be very much a majority opinion among the BON.
Taking these 2 facts and one assumption together, I can only see 3 possible conclusions that can be reached:
Conclusion 1: Mack Brown is such a poor judge of football talent and so unable to assess what the problems and weaknesses are on his own staff, that he doesn't see Davis to be incompetent. (Seems unlikely to me.)
Conclusion 2: Mack Brown recognizes Davis as inept but for years out of a stubborn and arrogant sense of friendship and loyalty has kept Davis on in a critical position and thereby hurting himself and the entire program, betraying the trust of players and fans who expect the best coaching staff possible. (Seems unlikely also.)
Conclusion 3: Brown has kept Davis on for years because Davis is doing what Brown wants; Davis' approach reflects Brown's approach. (To me, this seems the most likely.) If this is true, then any criticism about unimaginative, conservative, "playing not to lose" offensive schemes needs to be aimed at Brown.