Football

Bob Davie to coach New Mexico

New Mexico has hired former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie to head up its troubled football program.

UNM has scheduled a news conference Thursday afternoon to introduce Davie, who will become the school's 31st head coach.

Davie hasn't coached since being fired in 2001 by Notre Dame. In five years there he compiled a 35-25 record, which at the time was the third-worst winning percentage for the Irish. He also led the team to three bowl games, all losses.

The Irish were placed on NCAA probation for the first time under Davie as the result of a relationship between Irish players and a booster that started under Lou Holtz and continued under Davie.

Davie is currently the lead college football analyst for ESPN's Saturday prime-time game. He replaces Mike Locksley, who was fired mid-season after a nearly three-year tenure that was mostly marked by losses and off-field problems. He was 2-26 over three years.

Big East wants BYU

A person with knowledge of the Big East's expansion plans has told The Associated Press that league officials have been in discussion with Brigham Young to become part of a newly configured 12-team football conference.

The Utah school is in its first season as football independent. It would move to the Big East for football only. The school's other teams play in the West Coast Conference.

The Big East may add as many as seven new members, including Boise State.

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