Bob Davie pitches his plan for New Mexico
Published: Thursday, 17 November 2011 18:18
by Doug Samuels
Bob Davie took to the podium today to address the media as the new face of the Lobo football program.
Davie admitted to "wearing out" athletic director Paul Krebs in his pursuit to lead the New Mexico program (he said he interviewed 3 times), saying that he loves the Southwest, and it's a natural fit because he lives in Arizona and loves the people of the region (even said the people of the great state of New Mexico were quirky; but in a good way).
Throughout the search, our sources told us that Krebs was looking for someone with head coaching experience, with high energy, willing to rebuild for the long term, to recruit locally and willing to live and breath UNM football.
At his presser, Davie touched on each of those. He referenced a phone call he had last night with Dennis Franchione in which Franchione told him that he red shirted every freshman in his first season. Davie will focus on recruiting four year players out of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas instead of worrying about "out-starring" other programs.
Davie said that he plans to see some family over the weekend and will return Sunday night and sit down with each staff member on Monday to get a better gauge of his future plans. Davie said that he will let the existing staff know promptly if it's clear they won't be retained. Davie did state that he plans to let interim coach George Barlow finish out the season as interim head coach uninterrupted, as they finish out the season against Wyoming and Boise State.
Davie said that he's looked at getting back into coaching every off-season since he's been out.
Possibly our favorite part of the presser was when he said, "Look I've been the TV guy. I've put the makeup on. I'm done with that, I'm ready to just get out there and coach!" Davie noted that his kids are all older now and he (and his wife) are ready to roll "24 hours a day, 365 days a year as the head football coach".
Davie's agreement is six years. He'll be paid $700,000 in year 1 and $760,000 in each of the other 5 years.