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New Mexico coach Bob Davie won’t have a reunion with Notre Dame

The New Mexico coach won’t travel to South Bend for the Sept. 14 game as he continues to recover from the “serious medical incident” he suffered after the Lobos’ victory over Sam Houston State late Saturday night. 

Former Notre Dame and current New Mexico coach Bob Davie won’t be on the sideline when the Lobos face the Fighting Irish in South Bend.
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Bob Davie compiled a 35-25 record as the head coach during his five seasons at Notre Dame. He will miss the chance to coach against the Fighting Irish on Sept. 14.

The New Mexico coach won’t travel to South Bend as he continues to recover from the “serious medical incident” he suffered following the Lobos’ victory over Sam Houston State late Saturday night.

”While I will be around next week and involved, I have decided not to make trip to South Bend for our September 14 game with Notre Dame,” Davie wrote in a statement posted by the team on Twitter. “After receiving advice from my doctors and wife, I wanted to make this decision now so our team and coaching staff could go into the weekend with clarity and consistency.”

Davie wrote that his doctors have told him that he can expect to make a full recovery. He did not elaborate on the nature of the incident that took place outside of the team’s locker room Saturday night.

”I have great confidence in our staff and this gives us our best chance for success and limits the distractions,” he wrote.

In his absence, Davie wrote, Saga Tuitele, who is the run game coordinator and offensive line coach, will be the active head coach.

Davie led Notre Dame from 1997-2001 and was fired after 5-6 campaign. He was an analyst at ESPN from 2002 to 2011 and replaced current Maryland head coach Mike Locksley at New Mexico in 2011.

With the Lobos, Davie has gone to two bowls games, but has posted losing records in the other five seasons. In 2018, he was suspended 30 days from the program after he came under fire for his treatment of players.

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