By Greg Archuleta
Enchantment Sports Assistant Editor
University of New Mexico offensive coordinator Calvin Magee is leaving the Lobos to join the University of Mississippi’s staff as an offensive assistant coach, the Albuquerque Journal’s Steve Virgen is reporting.
Lobo football coach Bob Davie hired Magee after the 2017 season when he decided to scrap UNM’s highly successful triple-option offense under former coordinator Bob DeBesse in favor of a spread-option attack — which is Magee’s forte.
Magee coached the UNM running backs, along with running the offense.
Magee is a pupil of Rich Rodriguez, a former West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona head coach, who now resides as Ole Miss’ offensive coordinator. Virgen said Magee is expected to become the tight ends coach there.
The Lobos averaged 330.0 yards on offense in 2018 — the team’s lowest average since Davie became head coach in 2012. The team’s 26.6-point average was the school’s lowest since 2012, which was Davie’s first year.
DeBesse, meanwhile, went to Georgia Southern and helped transform the Eagles from a 2-10 team in 2017 to a 10-3 team that defeated Eastern Michigan in the RAYCOM Media Camellia Bowl.