A reunion for Bob Davie? Notre Dame sets date with Lobos.


Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

The press release posted on the University of New Mexico’s athletic website trumpets the upcoming, first-ever meeting between the Lobos and Notre Dame in football as a homecoming for Lobos head coach Bob Davie.

On Sept., 14, 2019.

The former Irish head football coach would be 16 days away from his 65th birthday if he is indeed on the sideline at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 2001, the season in which he was deposed after five seasons and a 35-25 record.

His bottom line at UNM — 11-26 overall, 4-20 in Mountain West Conference games — would likely have to improve soon if Davie is going to be allowed to enter ND Stadium without a ticket four season from now.

"It's exciting for our entire program to have this opportunity to play at the University of Notre Dame on national television in front of a sold-out stadium," Davie said in a prepared statement. "I know our fans will also be thrilled to see this addition to our 2019 schedule."

Davie was an ESPN analyst from 2002-2011 between head coaching gigs.

New Mexico will receive $1.1 million from Notre Dame for the game, which won’t feature a return date in Albuquerque, with $50,000 of that payable this year.

Former Notre Dame head coach Bob Davie, currently with New Mexico, would be almost 65 years old if he's still around to coach in the first-ever football meeting between the two schools, in 2019.