Nov. 18, 2011
“Bob Davie is a great hire, in my opinion. He is considered one of the great defensive minds in college football. After he was at Notre Dame, he has been able to travel the country and watch so many practices and games. I know he is ready to put all he has learned to work. He will also give New Mexico a great recruiting advantage since his face is so familiar to high school coaches, parents and recruits from being an ESPN commentator.”
– Mack Brown, national champion head coach at Texas
“With Bob Davie, you’re not only getting a fine football coach, you’re getting an even better person. He’ll represent New Mexico the right way in the community – the campus community as well as the Albuquerque community – which is so important. He is an excellent, tireless recruiter. And schematically, X’s and O’s and understanding the game of football, he’s one of the best minds that I’ve been around.
“Even when he wasn’t coaching, we spent a lot of time talking offensive and defensive strategy, so New Mexico is getting a great football coach.”
— Urban Meyer, ESPN analyst and former national champion head coach at Florida
“I think he’s a good guy with a good pedigree, and I wish him nothing but the best! I think it’s been a while since he’s coached; he’ll be hungry and motived, which we thoroughly need right now. Anything I can do to help him or the Lobos get back to where we were, I’m all in!”
— DonTrell Moore, New Mexico’s all-time leading rusher (4,973 yards from 2002-05)
“The University of New Mexico is lucky to have an innovative and inspiring coach and mentor for its football program such as Bob Davie. He will not only teach the young men in his program how to be successful on the field, but more importantly, how to be strong men in the community.”
— Sam Adams, former Texas A&M and 14-year NFL defensive lineman (1994-2007)
“I have a great deal of respect for Coach Davie, and I'm hoping he will go down to New Mexico and have great success. I have fond memories of our time together and wish him all the luck in the world. He really did a lot for me during the time we spent together at Notre Dame, with me being an Alabama kid that no one knew much about. The biggest trait I learned from Coach Davie was how to approach the game of football. As a young kid from Alabama going to Notre Dame, I was a little overwhelmed, and I remember him pulling me aside and just saying, ‘You're here for a reason, just continue to do what you've done to get here,’ and that really allowed me to relax, get comfortable and just play the game, rather than feeling the pressure of big-time college athletics.”
-- Justin Tuck, New York Giants All-Pro defensive end and former Notre Dame player
“You look at the defenses he ran and the guys he put in the NFL and you see why we were ranked No. 1 in total defense my junior year (in 1991). He can put a group of guys together and get those guys to play for him, whether it’s offense or defense. He’s that type of guy. He’s the type of guy that can turn a program around. He’s one of those guys who’s going to stand up for his players, but he’s going to expect everything out of them and you’re going to have to give it to him.
“He was there for me as a person, not just as a coach. He was someone I could talk to. He was there for me when my father passed away my sophomore year. I would do anything for him.”
– Marcus Buckley, former Texas A&M and eight-year NFL linebacker (1993-2000)
“He is an excellent coach and a great person. He does everything with passion – as a TV announcer, as an assistant coach and as a head coach. He’ll do a very fine job for New Mexico. I think New Mexico is lucky to have him. I also told him this: I think he’s lucky to have New Mexico. I think New Mexico is one of the gems of this country that people aren’t aware of. I think Albuquerque is a great town.
"I think he’ll be able to recruit. He knows that part of the country, he knows what it takes and he has the patience and the desire. He’s learned a lot from a lot of coaches, he’s very smart and New Mexico will enjoy him.”
– Lou Holtz, ESPN studio analyst and former national champion head coach at Notre Dame
“I want to congratulate New Mexico for picking such a good person and a good coach. He was by far one of the best defensive minds I’ve ever been around. I’ve been involved in 3-4 defenses basically my whole career, including 16 years in the NFL, and he ran the 3-4 just as good as any coach I’ve been around. He’s going to be a huge asset. He’s an overall good coach and good person to talk to. There’s no question in my mind he’s going to have a huge impact on that program.
“He’s really an upbeat coach. I like a coach that has a little flair about himself. He’s going to be able to teach guys what he expects of them on an everyday basis. He shows a lot of confidence in his players. Once he sees what kind of players he has, he’ll devise a plan that’s going to put them in a position to make plays and have success. As a player, if a coach has confidence in you, it allows you to do what you do best, and that’s what type of coach he is. It’ll be great to see him back on the sidelines doing what he loves to do.”
– Aaron Glenn, former Texas A&M and 16-year NFL veteran defensive back (1994-2009)
“I have known Bob for many years and he is an excellent football coach, but he is an even better person. New Mexico made a great hire, and I know he will do a terrific job.”
– Mike Sherman, former Green Bay Packers and current Texas A&M head coach
“New Mexico has gained an awesome coach. Coach Davie will have his team detailed and prepared each and every week. Our time together at A&M was the best time of my life. His style of coaching is study hard, practice hard, and on game days turn it loose and have fun. He's going to build his defense with athletes. A kid may be a quarterback now or in high school, but coach Davie and his staff will find the correct spot for him if he can play on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive philosophy will be “Wreckless.”
– Kevin Smith, former Texas A&M and nine-year NFL defensive back (1992-2000)
“I’ve known Bob a long time. We worked as assistants together at Texas A&M, and then when I became head coach, the first thing I did was make Bob assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. We had a whole lot of success, and I would give Bob a whole lot of credit. He did an excellent job. He’s a great person, and he’s a very good football coach.
“He’s an outstanding recruiter, and he’s a class guy. Bob has quite a reputation with the high school coaches in Texas. They still remember him and the job he did defensively coaching at Texas A&M. He’s coached all around the country, and then the last few years with his role on television, he’s studied all the programs. He's had a great opportunity to look around and see what a lot of different programs are doing, so I think that familiarity will help him in recruiting and I think he’s an excellent choice. I really applaud New Mexico for its wisdom in selecting a guy like him.”
– R.C. Slocum, former Texas A&M coach