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Recruiting class has Davis optimistic about future

Despite inheriting a team that went 3-9 last season, new North Carolina coach Butch Davis has high hopes for the Tar Heels.

Updated: March 27, 2007, 12:42 PM ET
By Jorge Milian | Special to ESPN.com

First things first. Butch Davis says he's going to be just fine.

Davis, hired as North Carolina's coach in November to replace John Bunting, was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The 55-year-old Davis has already begun a series of chemotherapy treatments with the aim of removing a cancerous growth in his mouth. Tests show that the cancer has not spread and Davis insists he will not miss any time at work with the Tar Heels, who started spring practice on March 20.

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