There has been plenty of discussion among fans, but not much support in the stands during the past two seasons of New Mexico Lobo football under coach Bob Davie. But despite back-to-back 3-9 seasons and abysmal crowds at Dreamstyle Stadium, Lobo athletic director Eddie Nuñez announced on Friday evening that Davie will be retained as head coach for 2019.
Had the school fired Davie, it would have had to pay him a buyout of $1.3 million. Davie is 33-54 in seven seasons at UNM, but was a combined 16-10 in 2015 and 2016 and took the Lobos to the New Mexico Bowl both years — winning once.
UNM put out the following release on Friday night, quoting Nuñez:
“After meeting with Coach Davie, both he and I are looking forward to the 2019 season. Recruiting is already in full swing. Since taking over in 2012, the team has set records in the classroom, won a division title and qualified for two bowl games. Neither Coach Davie nor I were satisfied with the results of last season. Coach Davie and his staff, as well as our department, are striving to make the 2019 season a success, and that process has already started.
Coach Davie wants to be at New Mexico and wants nothing more than a program that our University and our fans can be proud of. He is committed to working tirelessly to return UNM to the level of success in 2015 and 2016. We both are excited for the upcoming 2019 season.”