Category: What about Bob

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”

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”

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?”

Inside the Bob Davie Investigation

By Daniel Libit

On January 18, 2013, an anonymous letter signed by “Senior Football Players” was sent to UNM President Bob Frank, which raised a series of inflammatory accusations against University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie.

Among its charges, the letter said Davie evinced a racist attitude towards the black players on his team, while showing favoritism to white players. It alleged that the coach had gotten into a physical altercation with a black player during halftime of a game, in which both men ended up on the ground. It spoke of rampant drug use on the team and complained that the drug-testing process had been compromised by Davie. It called out then-Athletic Director Paul Krebs for ignoring issues when they were brought to his attention.

It concluded with a desperate, if ominous, plea: “Please address, it’s to [sic] late for us.” Continue reading “Inside the Bob Davie Investigation”

Updated: Retired Judge Investigating Davie

By Daniel Libit

The University of New Mexico has hired former Federal Judge Bruce D. Black to investigate Lobo football coach Bob Davie and other issues within the the UNM Athletic Department, including the sanctity of its drug-testing procedures.

In a brief telephone call with NMFishbowl.com Friday, Black confirmed that he had been retained by the school earlier this month. NMFishbowl.com still has a pending public records request seeking the engagement letter between the school and the former judge. Continue reading “Updated: Retired Judge Investigating Davie”

Davie’s Forgotten History, Remembered

By Daniel Libit

“I don’t really feel a need, quite honestly, to stand up and defend myself. I don’t say that from an arrogant standpoint. I don’t say that from the standpoint that I’m above being questioned. I say it from the standpoint that the truth is the truth, and I don’t think you have to defend the truth. And I say it from the standpoint of how consistent I have been in everything I’ve done, really since I entered this profession.”

 —Bob Davie, September 19, 2017 press conference

“Fuck you,” Bob Davie told Joe Moore. And that was the last thing Davie would ever say to the legendary Notre Dame line coach. Continue reading “Davie’s Forgotten History, Remembered”