Davie’s Lawyer Alleges Memo Mischief

By Daniel Libit

In a further escalation of tensions between the University of New Mexico and its embattled head football coach, Bob Davie’s lawyer has leveraged new accusations of retaliation against the school in a “supplemental” petition to UNM’s Board of Regents.

On Tuesday afternoon, Davie’s attorney Michael Kennedy sent a combative four-page letter to UNM interim President Chaouki Abdallah. In it, he charged that the university has “unlawfully retaliated” against Davie by, among other things, making certain strategic redactions to the final report produced by an outside law firm UNM had hired to investigate the coach’s conduct. Continue reading “Davie’s Lawyer Alleges Memo Mischief”

Here’s Bob Davie’s Petition to Vacate his Suspension

By Daniel Libit

On Friday, Bob Davie announced that he would appeal a 30-day suspension that was handed down to him by University of New Mexico’s interim president, following three investigations into his conduct as head UNM football coach. In a statement, Davie said that he did not think it was appropriate for him to discuss most of the specific allegations that had been the subject of those investigations, although he did seek to categorically dispel one particularly inflammatory allegation: that he had told his team to gather “dirt” on a woman who accused a football player of sexual assault.

NMFishbowl.com has now obtained the petition Davie’s attorney, Michael Kennedy, sent on Thursday to UNM interim President Chaouki Abdallah, seeking to vacate the suspension. In the five-page document, Kennedy addresses a number of the other claims that UNM’s outside counsel, Hogan Marron, referenced in its investigative findings report.  Continue reading “Here’s Bob Davie’s Petition to Vacate his Suspension”

Here’s Our Motion for Summary Judgment Against UNMF

By Daniel Libit

In a week that has seen stunning reports about the University of New Mexico’s internal discussions on how to undercut the state’s Inspection of Public Record Act, we are still plowing ahead with our attempts to enforce it. Continue reading “Here’s Our Motion for Summary Judgment Against UNMF”

Is UNM Anticipating IPRA Changes?

By Daniel Libit

A draft of a legal services agreement between the University of New Mexico and an outside law firm indicates that the school may be looking for changes to the state’s public record laws.

The Nov. 15  engagement letter from the Modrall Sperling law firm reads: “We have been engaged to advise the university in connection with questions concerning compliance and possible amendemtns (sic) to the Inspection of Public Records Act.” (Emphasis added.) Continue reading “Is UNM Anticipating IPRA Changes?”

Davie’s Lawyer Helped Draft UNM Statement on Investigation

By Daniel Libit

While University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie remains mum on the ongoing inquiries into his professional conduct, he has others doing plenty of barking on his behalf. And, evidently, with some impact.

NMFishbowl.com has obtained emails that show Davie’s lawyer, Michael Kennedy, participating in the drafting of the official statement UNM interim President Chaouki Abdallah gave last month about the nature of the internal investigations. Continue reading “Davie’s Lawyer Helped Draft UNM Statement on Investigation”

Documents Spell Out Davie Inquiry

By Daniel Libit

For months, the University of New Mexico has performed rhythmic gymnastics around the question: who is the target of an internal investigation into the athletic department? It’s been an impressive commitment to evasion, one that has most recently caught the attention (and ire) of New Mexico’s Attorney General. The AG’s office sent a stern letter to UNM’s interim President Chaouki Abdallah, complaining that the school was “using taxpayer dollars to secretly look into matters rather than properly forwarding those allegations and concerns to our criminal investigators.”

NMFishbowl.com, which broke the news of the investigation back in September, remains the only media outlet to have independently confirmed — through sources apprised of the inquiry, and witnesses who have been interviewed as part of it — that football coach Bob Davie is a key subject of scrutiny. Now, through a public records request, we’ve obtained a number of documents that affirm this fact while further illuminating how the probe is shaping up. Continue reading “Documents Spell Out Davie Inquiry”

UNM Taps Ex-DOE Lawyer for Davie Probe

By Daniel Libit

As its investigation into football coach Bob Davie carries forward, the University of New Mexico is enlisting the help of the former top lawyer at the U.S. Department of Education.

Charles P. Rose, now a partner at the Chicago-based law firm Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, has been in consultation with UNM officials over the last month, a source tells NMFishbowl.com. Continue reading “UNM Taps Ex-DOE Lawyer for Davie Probe”

Krebs Admits he Deleted Lots of Emails

By Daniel Libit

In a deposition earlier this month, former University of New Mexico Athletic Director Paul Krebs acknowledged that he regularly deleted work-related emails he considered to be “routine” —  and that others in his department did the same.  Continue reading “Krebs Admits he Deleted Lots of Emails”

A Year in the New Mexico Fishbowl

By Daniel Libit

Today marks the one-year anniversary since NMFishbowl.com went online. And how long ago that now seems. Continue reading “A Year in the New Mexico Fishbowl”