There were times during Bob Davie’s broadcasting career at ESPN that he missed coaching the game.
He longed for the long hours spent on preparing for an opponent rather than researching teams for some type of catchphrase delivered on a college football TV show.
After 10 years, he went back into the coaching game at University of New Mexico determined to revive a moribund program. Back then he never envisioned the script would take as many turns as it did in 2019, during what turned out to be his final season.
It ended Saturday, when Utah State defeated New Mexico 38-25 in Davie’s final game as UNM’s coach at a chilly Dreamstyle Stadium. The low number of fans in the stands, about 1,200 (official attendance was announced at 11,611) reflected one of the major challenges that the next coach must face.