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New Mexico hires ESPN analyst to take over program

Lobos name Davie new head coach. Dave Miller

Print This November 16, 2011, 02:46 PM EST

An ESPN college football analyst is stepping out of the broadcast booth and back onto the sideline.

And his name isn't Urban Meyer. At least not yet.

Bob Davie has accepted the head-coaching job at New Mexico, the school announced Wednesday. The former Notre Dame head coach will be introduced at a press conference today.

Davie replaces Mike Locksley, who was let go in September after compiling a 2-26 record in less than three seasons with the Lobos. Defensive coordinator George Barlow has been serving as the Lobos' interim head coach.

Davie last roamed a college sideline in 2001, his last season at Notre Dame. He took over the Fighting Irish after Lou Holtz left South Bend, and the former Texas A&M defensive coordinator led the Irish to a 35-25 mark from 1997 to 2001.

While the hire has raised eyebrows across the country, Davie cannot possibly have a worse tenure than Locksley, who battled several off-the-field issues in addition to fielding a poor on-the-field product.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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