ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico coach Bob Davie was taken by ambulance to a hospital Saturday night after “a serious medical incident” moments after his team’s win against Sam Houston State.
Athletic director Eddie Nunez made the announcement after the Lobos won 39-31 at home. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the 64-year-old Davie several times during the game could be seen with his hands on his midsection and chest. At one point, Davie kneeled down during the action.
Davie’s wife, Joanne Davie, was seen in the ambulance’s front seat as it left for nearby University of New Mexico Hospital. Nunez said the university will release more information as it becomes available.
“We ask that you keep the Davie family in your prayers,” Nunez said.
Davie is a former Notre Dame coach who is in his eighth season leading the New Mexico program. The Pennsylvania native spent 10 years as an ESPN broadcaster before returning to the sidelines at New Mexico in 2012. He led the Lobos to a 9-4 record in 2016, but that’s been followed by back-to-back 3-9 seasons.
New Mexico suspended Davie for 30 days without pay in February 2018, following multiple investigations into whether he and his coaching staff interfered with criminal investigations or misconduct cases involving players. The school didn’t conclude that Davie or his staff obstructed criminal investigation.
He went 35-25 in five seasons as head coach at Notre Dame, where he had served as defensive coordinator. He led the Fighting Irish to three bowl games and its first BCS postseason game, the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. Davie also was the first coach to lead Notre Dame to a bowl game in his first season.
New Mexico’s next game is at Notre Dame on Sept. 14.
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