New Mexico football head coach Bob Davie was taken to the hospital immediately after the Lobos’ season opener on Saturday. The official statement released by Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez said it appeared to be a “serious medical incident.”
Fortunately, on Sept. 1, the school released a statement from Davie thanking everyone for their support and that he anticipates a full recovery. The coach was able to meet with the team on Thursday Sept. 5, proving he was already doing better. However, Davie also made it clear that he is not going to push himself too much too soon.
All of us are so thankful to have Coach Davie back in team meeting today! Coach is on the recovery and we are grateful for UNMH, our training room staff and doctors! #GoLobos @UNMLoboFB pic.twitter.com/OPsAGCw57W
— Clay Davie (@cdavie51) September 5, 2019
“While I will be around next week and involved, I have decided to not make the trip to South Bend for our September 14 game with Notre Dame,” read a statement released on Thursday. “After receiving advice from my doctors and wife, I wanted to make this decision now so our team and coaching staff could go into the weekend with clarity and consistency.”
Davie said his doctors told him that providing there are no setbacks, he can expect a full recovery without limitations. Notre Dame will be a tough opponent to face, but the Lobos will count with Saga Tuitele serving as acting head coach and being in charge of game management. Joe Dailey, Jordan Peterson, and Perry Eliano will handle offense, defense, and special teams.
The program has not released a lot of information on Davie, and some of the practices following the incident were closed. The coach is scheduled to meet with the media during his regular weekly press luncheon next Tuesday, although this is subject to change.