By Mark Smith
Editor in Chief
The University of New Mexico didn’t call Bob Davie’s departure a firing, but the Lobo football coach pretty much did in a group text message to his players on Monday.
Enchantment Sports has obtained the text message that multiple sources say Davie sent out hours prior to the school announcing his ouster late on Monday afternoon.
In the text, Davie wrote “the university has decided to make a coaching change after the Utah State game.”
Does it matter whether he was fired, resigned or it was mutual?
There are more than 800,000 reasons.
If Davie was fired, the financially-strapped university owes him a buyout of more than $800,000.
UNM announced it was “mutually agreed” that Saturday’s home game against Utah State would be Davie’s last at the school.
Here is the text that sources said Davie sent his players on Monday:
A news conference is scheduled Tuesday afternoon.
That, however, is not slated to be “mutual.”
UNM athletic director Eddie Nuñez is scheduled to speak at noon during the weekly presser, but Lobo cross country coach Joe Franklin and volleyball coach Jon Newman-Gonchar are both slated to speak — separately — before Davie is due to take the podium at 12:30 p.m.
Throughout the season, numerous sources have told Enchantment Sports there has been a major rift between Davie and Nuñez since before the season opener in August.
Mark Smith has worked in New Mexico sports media for more than four decades, and is one of the most decorated sports journalists in state history. Smith has won more than 30 combined awards in print, television and radio and has been honored nationally for investigative reporting. He is the editor in chief of Enchantment Sports. Contact him at mark.enchantmentsportsNM@gmail.com.