New Mexico's football program just took another step towards consistency and stability today when they extended head coach Bob Davie another two years. Barring any disaster, he should be the Lobos' head coach through 2021. In addition to the two extra years, he'll also be receiving a financial bonus of $50,000 per year.
Davie took over the position in 2012 after three utterly laughable seasons under former head coach Mike Locksley and interim coach George Barlow, who went 2-26 and 1-7, respectively. At the time, the move helped both the program and the coach. Davie was looking for another coaching chance after being unable to fill the shoes of Lou Holtz at Notre Dame. After a decade of being an analyst, he took over a UNM football program in desperate need of new guidance.
In an era in which many college programs have opened up the throwing game, Davie has remained committed to establishing a running attack featuring the triple option because he argues that UNM won't be able to recruit the type of players to compete with top-notch college programs featuring a passing offense. This past season, Davie's vision came to fruition as the Lobos posted their first winning season (7-6) since 2007. They also played in the New Mexico Bowl, though lost to Arizona.
Most importantly, Davie has the Lobos playing an exciting brand of competitive football and it is evident that the program is headed in the right direction.
This move should be met with optimism from Lobo nation. The extension provides Davie with an important recruiting tool: a guarantee to recruits that he will be there. Furthermore, recent wins over Boise State, Air Force, and Utah State should be further proof that the program is poised to compete for the Mountain West Championship in the years going forward.