New Mexico Football Coach Suspended For Inappropriate Conduct

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New Mexico football coach Bob Davies has been suspended for 30 days.

On Thursday, it was announced by the university that Davies has been punished after a report into the program could not conclude whether the Lobos coaching staff obstructed a criminal investigation into an alleged rape by one of the team’s players.

The outside firm that investigated the program recommended leadership “take strong action to ensure that the University does not and will not — in any aspect of the University’s program, including athletics —tolerate sexual harassment, sexual assault, physical abuse or other prohibited misconduct against its students.”

From the Albuquerque Journal:

Witnesses told Black that Davie had “held an all team meeting in which he told the players to ‘get some dirt on this whore,’” according to Hogan Marren’s report. The firm said it was not able to independently confirm Davie’s actual comments, as players and coaches it contacted said they weren’t at the meeting or didn’t remember Davie using those words or remembered only hearing they needed to protect their teammate and provide information to Davie.

However, its report states that Bob Davie personally met with a UNM police officer along with a player the coach said had information related to the investigation into the other player. The player showed police video of the female student possibly posted after the alleged incident.

These are obviously very troubling allegations and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has addressed them.

Despite already having an investigation into the athletic department, Balderas announced he would be expanding it.

“We will never tolerate a university culture that denies students their basic rights through illegal discrimination or retaliation against those who report sexual misconduct,”Balderas said in a statement.

“Our criminal and civil investigation into the University of New Mexico includes the handling of these issues and we are reviewing the actions of officials from top to bottom and any other organizations involved.”

 This is a very ugly situation for the New Mexico football program, but it is good that the attorney general is taking the allegations very seriously and doing his due diligence.