Updated: November 26, 2019 06:17 PM
Created: November 26, 2019 05:26 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A day after it was announced that Bob Davie would not return as the UNM football coach, Director of Athletics Eddie Nunez explained why the school decided to take the football program in another direction.
“We appreciate his contribution and his coaching staff that what they have done for UNM over the years," Nunez said during a press conference.
While Nunez showed his appreciation for Davie’s efforts, he said the football program is not where he wants it to be.
“Nobody disagrees that we got to do better, “ Nunez said. “And I think that nobody disagrees that we have to do a better job getting our fan base circled around our program.”
Nunez said conversations with Davie about parting way started Sunday. He said they mutually agreed on terms by Monday.
However, Davie still appeared to be caught off guard by the timing.
"I thought there was some signals imminent that there would be a change,” Davie said. “I did think that I would be able to coach the last game without this being - happen before the last game. From that standpoint it caught me a little by surprise."
Davie went 35-63 as head coach of the Lobos, including a New Mexico Bowl victory.
Off the field, Davie team has the best academic record in school history.
The terms of Davie's buyout have not been finalized.
His contract says if termination is requested by the university - and Davie agrees - he could get the remainder of his contract paid out, which is over $800,000.
Davie would not say whether the decision to leave the program was mutual.
"I take pride in doing things the right way,” Davie said. “Whatever my conversations regarding that, I think are best to keep it internal.”
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