The University of New Mexico football team will move on with spring football practice minus their head coach.
UNM announced that head coach Bob Davie will begin his 30-day unpaid suspension on Saturday and run through March 18.
In his absence, defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove was named acting interim head coach and will assume Davie’s duties during ongoing spring drills, UNM Athletics Director Eddie Nunez announced Friday.
“I want to emphasize that our commitment is to cultivate a culture built upon respect and transparency at this University,” UNM President Chaouki Abdallah said in his statement Friday outlining the details of the suspension.
The UNM Board of Regents upheld Abdallah’s suspension of Davie after results of an internal investigation were released on Feb. 8. The allegations against Davie in the multiple reports included racial and physical abuse, and interfering with a criminal investigation of a football player for sexual assault. Davie has denied the allegations, but the Regents declined to hear his appeal.
Nunez said in his statement: “My current focus is to communicate with members of the coaching staff and players in order to determine the direction of the program, support our student-athletes, and maintain continuity within the football program. I am committed to making the UNM Athletic Department responsible, accountable, and a leader in diversity and inclusion.”
Nunez, in his first year as AD after coming over from LSU, said he was fully aware he would have to deal with the results of the internal probes before accepting the UNM job.
“I said then, and have repeated on various occasions, that I would willingly accept both, he said. "My intention, regardless of the findings, was to make the UNM Athletic Department second to none when it comes to standards, character, and values.“
I told Coach Davie and Lobo players that I have no way of knowing what happened in the past. … However, I told them it is now undeniable that there currently exists a public perception that our football program needs to be honestly evaluated. Attitudes or a culture that permits racial, gender, religious, or any other form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying, will not be acceptable in this department, period.”
Nunez said he notified Davie about the start of the suspension in a meeting with him on Thursday. Nunez said he expects to work with Davie to improve the culture of the football program and “that we have an obligation to begin rewriting our own public perception, beginning today.”
He further added: “I am confident that Coach Cosgrove and the coaching staff will fully support our student-athletes and maintain continuity within the football program.”
How much longer will Bob Davie be the Lobos football coach?
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Gone before the start of next season
Gone before 2019
He has at least 3 more years