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New Mexico hires Bob Davie

Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 2:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

New Mexico fired head coach Mike Locksley in September, and now nearly two months later it seems the school has found Locksley's replacement. According to the school's official Twitter feed, former Notre Dame head coach Bob Davie will be New Mexico's new head coach..

New Mexico also tweeted a few minutes later that the press conference will be on Thursday, not Wednesday.

Davie spent five seasons as Notre Dame's head coach from 1997 to 2001, and went 35-25 in that span, with an 0-3 record in bowl games. His stint in South Bend was his first as a head coach, and he hasn't coached anywhere since, instead deciding to work in television.

What drove Davie to want to get back into head coaching nearly a decade later, I'm not sure, but even if he is rusty, he can't do much worse than Locksley did at New Mexico. Locksley went 2-26 at New Mexico and caused more headlines off the field than on it.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:17 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

That comment is absurd. The Notre Dame schedule is consistently out of the top 20 and this year will not be an exception. As you look at their schedule, the easy money shows they were or will be favored in every game this year, except for Stanford.

If you want to get into recruiting classes, ND consistently ranks in the top 10 every year according to the experts. Somehow, either the recruiting services can't evaluate talent or the talent that goes to ND dries up once the kids matriculate. Your rationale is flawed in a lot of different ways. Can you imagine three top five recruiting classes in a row? How many of those kids actually pan out? You have an attrition rate for academics, a transfer rate for other issues, kids leaving school early, career ending injuries and the list continues. Kelly is a good coach, but he has lost games to inferior opponents more than he has won games against the best competition (i.e. top 10 programs). As I said earlier, ND doesn't play a top 10 or 20 schedule and they still can't win. It's a crapshoot dukey. I am just saying...

South Florida - 5-4

Michigan - 8-2

Michigan St. - 8-2

Pittsburgh - 5-5

Purdue - 5-5

Air Force - 5-5

USC - 8-2

Navy - 4-6

Wake Forest 5-5

Maryland - 2-8

Boston College 3-7

Total Opponent Record To Date : 58-51

Nary a tough schedule of opponents. Against teams with good records (7-3 or above records) 1 Win and 2 losses.       
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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:25 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

I echo everyone's comments that this a good hire. Bob Davie will bring respectability back to New Mexico's program like what Steve Alford has done with the Men's Basketball program.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:11 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

Bob Davie? Yea, I no longer have to listen to his less than intelligent and monotone babble during games on ESPN. He was a loser at ND and he will be at NM. The guy has no imagination and is a very poor judge of talent. He is going someplace where he will be even more limited. God help you folks at NM. I hope you did not over pay for him and I truly hope that I am wrong about him because I love New Mexico. (The state)

Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:53 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

He won't be asked to play the same teams ND plays...the MWC isn't exactly loaded with great teams.  He'll be a better fit at UNM than he was at ND.  Additionally, the folks in Albuquerque don't have the expectations those in ND have...besides he comes in after one of, if not THE, worst coaches in NCAA history.

Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:48 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

Do you even have the authority to hire anyone?  I'm sure there are plenty of other programs that would be happy to hire Jimmy Johnson so that doesn't really help your argument.  ANYONE is going to be an improvement...there is no where to go but up with this program.  Locksley was an embarassement and a disgrace.

Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:15 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

For what it is (with "it" being the NM coaching job) this is an awesome hire, this guy was an excellent DC at texas A&M; i know some people are going to bring up his time at Notre Dame but he did ok considering what an overated job that it, who wants a job where firing murmers start in year #2,  NM will be very patient with this guy and hopefully it pays off, any WAC or Conference USA team that knows how to play real defense has a huge advantage in their "conferences of shootouts"

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:05 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

I think it's a great hire.  Davie really impressed me the last few years hearing him doing games and especially in breaking down "stuff' with The Herd. 

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:50 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

I like!

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:48 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

The best thing I like about this hire is that I will not have to hear very boring and scripted sounding brodcast. I always have to turn the sound down. Thanks New Mexico for making ESPN telecasts better.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:32 pm

New Mexico hires Bob Davie

I think this should be a great hire. Lord knows, it's definitely a BIG step up from the previous idiot. Some are being critical because he hasn't coached for a while, but with his network job, he's probably got a significant broad view of what is happening College ball. That's what is important. If he had sold insurance for all these years, you would have had to suspect how up-to-date he is in his game knowledge. His ability to coach, hasn't be impacted.

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