New Mexico coach Bob Davie not making return to Notre Dame after 'serious medical incident'

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

A return to Notre Dame Stadium will have to wait for Bob Davie.

The New Mexico head coach will not travel for his team’s Sept. 14 game at Notre Dame. Davie, 64, cited health reasons for his upcoming absence in a statement released Thursday. It would have been his first time coaching in a game involving ND since spending five seasons at the helm of the Irish (1997-2001).

Offensive line coach Saga Tuitele has been named as the active head coach. 

The following is a statement from @UNMLoboFB coach Bob Davie.

— New Mexico Lobos (@UNMLOBOS) September 5, 2019

Davie was sent to UNM Hospital last Saturday after a “serious medical incident” during UNM’s season opener. The prevailing speculation and reports from The Albuquerque Journal suggest that he suffered chest pains. Davie expects a full recovery.

UNM will hold its weekly Tuesday press conference next week, with Davie, to address questions. 

The following is a statement from UNM Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez.

— New Mexico Lobos (@UNMLOBOS) September 5, 2019

The Irish compiled a 35-25 record under Davie and made a Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2000. Notre Dame fired Lou Holtz's successor after a 5-6 finish the following season.

After spending about a decade as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC, Davie returned to coaching at UNM in 2012. The Lobos compiled a 33-54 record under Davie in his first seven seasons. They went 3-9 in each of the past two seasons.

UNM will face No. 8 Notre Dame (1-0) with a 1-0 record after defeating Sam Houston State 39-31 last week. The game will be broadcast on NBC and is slated to kickoff at 2:30 ET.

New Mexico head coach Bob Davie will not return to Notre Dame Stadium for UNM's Sept. 14 game against the Irish, he announced Thursday.