Bob Davie tells why a contract extension doesn't matter
Thanks to this pleasant surprise, athletic director Paul Krebs decided to extend Davie’s contract through the 2019 season—but that doesn’t mean a whole lot to the former Notre Dame coach.
“I know this: I signed a contract extension at Notre Dame; a new five-year contract at the end of the 2000 season,” Davie said during a press conference. “We went and played in the Fiesta Bowl; we lost in the Fiesta Bowl.
“Three games into the next season, I knew I was gone as the head coach at Notre Dame. So before we make any long-term plans, I know what these contract extensions can be.”
Davie was replaced by then-Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham, who won 10 games in 2002 before winning just 11 the following two years. He was fired following the 2004 season.
Still, this isn’t Notre Dame—expectations aren’t nearly as high in Albuquerque. Davie is required to build a solid foundation so that the Lobos can become a relevant program a few years down the road.
“It’s a boost in moral for coaches,” said Davie. “The people in the community appreciate where it’s headed. Quite honestly, on a day-to-day basis, it doesn’t really change anything. ...it doesn’t really change one thing, other than, let’s face it, it’s human nature when people extend a contract or tell you that you’re wanted, it’s a good feeling.
“It gives us some more momentum that people feel that it’s going in the right direction, but you and I both know that contract extensions—when all the dust settles, depending on what happens sometimes mean a lot, sometimes they don’t mean anything.”
There’s no doubt Davie has this program moving in the right direction. Not only did he turn the backfield into one of the top three most improve rushing offenses in the nation in just one year, but the team’s 2.62 fall GPA was the highest since 2008.
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