New Mexico, Davie to part ways after Saturday’s game

Field Level Media

November 26, 2019 at 1:03 am.

Bob Davie will coach his final game at New Mexico on Saturday, ending an eight-year run with the Lobos.

“After meeting with Coach Davie this morning, we both agree that the time has come for a new direction for our football program,” New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nunez said in a statement. “I’m appreciative of the work that Coach Davie has done at UNM.”

Davie is 35-63 at New Mexico (2-9) heading into Saturday’s season-finale against Utah State. He resumed his coaching career with the Lobos following a decade-long stint as a broadcaster at ESPN.

“In stepping aside, I’m proud of what we accomplished at UNM, but we are all disappointed that we have not been able to sustain the success that we achieved and all desire,” Davie said in a statement. “My family and I will be forever grateful to UNM for giving me the opportunity to coach again after being at ESPN for 10 years.”

Davie’s other head coaching experience came at Notre Dame, where he went 35-25 in five seasons from 1997 to 2001.

Davie missed two games early this season after he was hospitalized following the season-opening win on Aug. 31 against Sam Houston State for what the school described as a “serious medical incident.” Davie later said doctors saved his life that day.

In 2012, Davie took over a UNM program that had gone 1-11 in three consecutive years. His best seasons at UNM came in 2015 and 2016, when the team advanced to the New Mexico Bowl in both years. He did not have other bowl appearances with the Lobos.

Davie’s 35 wins are third-most in program history.