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Davie recovers, Lobos practice

Bob Davie

University of New Mexico’s football team practiced on Monday without head coach Bob Davie, who continues to recover from his health scare on Saturday night.

Davie, 64, was rushed to UNM Hospital with what was believed to be chest pains following the Lobos’ 39-31 season-opening win over Sam Houston State.

Davie anticipates a full recovery, he said in a statement on Sunday, but he did not reveal the exact cause of his condition. UNM’s statement from Saturday said Davie dealt with “a serious medical condition.”

UNM athletic director Eddie Nuñez continues to respect Davie’s privacy, saying this is a, “very sensitive situation,” he said in a text message on Sunday. Nuñez declined to answer specific questions regarding Davie’s health.

“I am in no position to answer those questions,” Nuñez said via text. “More information will come throughout the week as coach continues to get better.”

The Lobos play at Notre Dame on Sept. 14. Davie was the head coach of the Fighting Irish from 1997-2001, compiling a 35-25 record. He also was the defensive coordinator from 1994-1996.

“The idea of going back (to Notre Dame) is certainly unique,” Davie said before the season. “Sam Houston State and NMSU, that resonates more with me, honestly.”

Davie said the Notre Dame matchup would be the sixth time he would coach against the Fighting Irish, but the first time at Notre Dame Stadium.

Before the season, Davie was asked what motivates him to coach. He is in his 33rd year as a collegiate football coach. He was at ESPN as a college football broadcaster for 10 years.

“This is what I love to do,” Davie said. “I’m not doing this for someone else. I’m doing this because New Mexico has been very good to me. It hired me when I was out of coaching for 10 years and gave me another opportunity. … I’m not doing this out of stubborness or I want to prove everyone wrong. If you’re around me, the people who know me, I get a tremendous amount of enjoyment for doing this.”

There was no acting head coach at Monday’s practice. The coordinators — Joe Dailey (offensive), Jordan Peterson (defensive) and Perry Eliano (special teams) — conducted practice for their respective players. Quarterback Brandt Hughes, who started for the Lobos on Saturday and suffered a shoulder injury before halftime, practiced, said Frank Mercogliano, UNM assistant athletic director of communications. Defensive lineman Aaron Blackwell (knee) will be getting an MRI soon.

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