He has been in “exile” for almost six years, staying in touch with college football through the prism of a television commentator/analyst.

But deep down Butch Davis is – and always has been  – a pure football coach. You can tell instantly with some coaches. Bob Davie was like that after his stint at Notre Dame ended. He went from coaching to the television broadcast booth and he was good at it. But when he looked down on the field, his words said one thing, but his heart said something else.

When the New Mexico job opened five years ago, Davie jumped at the chance. He went through the process of building and fixing things.

Last season, the Lobos broke through and won 7 games and received a bowl bid. They are again bowl eligible this season.

On Tuesday, back in Miami, but 16 years and lots of memories away from his days when he was coaching a University of Miami team that would win 11 games and was a year away from playing for the national championship, Davis, the kid from Oklahoma, was back in South Florida.

It wasn’t the U–but it was FIU, Florida International University, a Conference USA school sitting quietly in North Miami,  filled with a mixture of dreams and disappointments regarding its football program. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.