When you've won three games in three years, the bar is going to be set awfully low. But if Davie can engineer even minor improvement this fall, there are some winnable games on the docket. Texas Southern, Texas State and Wyoming come to Albuquerque, while trips to New Mexico State, UNLV and Colorado State are far from intimidating. Still, set the bar at two wins and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised by anything beyond that.
Bob Davie had to know he was walking into a dire situation, but it appeared that even he was a bit surprised by what he found this spring. Al Golden proved that you can engineer a turnaround within three or four years, but it will take at least a couple of autumns for Davie to establish any sort of groundwork here. As I mentioned at the top, Davie was far from a wonderfully high-upside hire, but he could certainly serve a role as a fixer -- clean up the mess left behind by Locksley, build back depth and fan interest, and set the table for another coach to succeed.
New Mexico needs what Davie has to offer -- discipline, physical play, etc. -- and in a few years the Lobos will probably need something different.
Bill Connelly, SB Nation talking New Mexico