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”

Will UNM Keep Investigating Davie?

By Daniel Libit

Since NMFishbowl.com broke the news in September that the University of New Mexico had hired an outside investigator to look into allegations against Bob Davie, the Lobo football coach has vowed to address those charges just as soon as he is able.

The investigation, led by former federal judge Bruce Black, formally concluded on Oct. 31, but the Lobo football coach is still not talking about it. “Now is not the time,” Davie told NMFishbowl.com this week.

That’s probably because Davie has not yet been cleared of those pending allegations. Continue reading “Will UNM Keep Investigating Davie?”

State Audit Decries Lobos’ ‘Tangled Web’

By Daniel Libit

A much-anticipated state audit investigation report describes the University of New Mexico’s athletic department as having an impenetrable fiscal system that has grown too convoluted for even university administrators to comprehend. And because of this, state money has been misappropriated and squandered, if not worse.

“No one at the university knows what is going on, because that’s how they set this up,” New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller told NMFishbowl.com. Continue reading “State Audit Decries Lobos’ ‘Tangled Web’”

McKamey To Resign From Lobo Club

By Daniel Libit

In the latest apparent casualty from the financial scandals surrounding the University of New Mexico’s athletic department, UNM Lobo Club Executive Director Kole McKamey announced Wednesday that he will resign his post, effective Dec. 4.

“This decision has come with much consideration, discussion and self-reflection,” McKamey wrote in an email to the Lobo Club Board of Directors. Continue reading “McKamey To Resign From Lobo Club”