New Mexico coach Davie expects Sept. 28 return

Field Level Media

September 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm.

New Mexico coach Bob Davie continues to recover from a serious medical issue and is expected to resume his in-game coaching duties on Sept. 28.

Davie told reporters on Tuesday that he won’t coach in Saturday’s home game against New Mexico State (0-3). Offensive line coach Saga Tuitele will continue in his role as acting coach.

The 64-year-old Davie was hospitalized following the season-opening win on Aug. 31 against Sam Houston State. Neither the school nor the coach has disclosed the medical issue, but Davie has said doctors saved his life that day.

The Lobos are 1-1 after losing 66-14 at Notre Dame last Saturday. That game would have represented a homecoming for Davie, who coached the Fighting Irish from 1997 to 2001.

Davie is in his eighth season with the Lobos.

New Mexico will travel to Liberty for the Sept. 28 game. Liberty’s coach, Hugh Freeze, was hospitalized before the season started with a back injury and subsequent life-threatening staph infection. He is not yet able to roam the sidelines and has been coaching from a variety of locations, including a special chair that resembled a dental chair.