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Banners return to Miami advocating Butch Davis, not Mario Cristobal

Butch Davis, who coached Miami from 1995-2000 and is credited as the architect of the 2001 national title team, remains a fan favorite. Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The banners are back at Miami, and they might be running off candidates before they even arrive.

If it was thought removing Al Golden as Miami’s coach would end the planes hauling banners with unsolicited coaching counsel, it was wrong. Two banners returned to Sun Life Stadium before Miami’s game against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

One advocated hiring Butch Davis while the other criticized Mario Cristobal, an Alabama assistant linked to the opening.

One banner read "Make Miami Great Again -- Butch Davis 2016." That same sign was flown at a Miami game in early September. Davis coached Miami from 1995-2000 and is credited as the architect of the 2001 national championship team.

The second banner read "We Need A Coach Not a 27-47 Recruiter #SayNoToMario." Cristobal is a Miami native and former Hurricanes player and assistant coach who became FIU's head coach in 2007. He went 27-47 in six seasons at FIU and took the program to its only two bowl appearances. FIU was 0-12 the season before Cristobal took over and 1-11 the following year.

As the banners flew overhead, Palm Beach Post reporter Matt Porter said a person connected with the Miami program wondered aloud how the planes would affect potential candidates.

Golden was fired Oct. 25 after a 58-0 loss. Larry Scott is 2-1 as the interim coach. Miami has hired a search firm to help with the next coaching hire.