Letter: Lobos Now Under NMHED Scrutiny

By Daniel Libit

The New Mexico Higher Education Department has informed the University of New Mexico that its athletic department has been placed under an “Enhanced Fiscal Oversight Program,” due to its running continuous budget deficits and other financial oversight concerns. Continue reading “Letter: Lobos Now Under NMHED Scrutiny”

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”

The Hidden Costs of Powering the Lobos

By Daniel Libit

The University of New Mexico Athletic Department can barely afford to keep the lights on. Actually, it can’t nearly afford to keep the lights on.

According to figures obtained by NMFishbowl.com, half the yearly utility costs for UNM’s athletic facilities are paid for by the school’s Physical Plant Department — an extraordinary defrayment that is not acknowledged in Athletics’ stated budget of $34 million. Continue reading “The Hidden Costs of Powering the Lobos”

Expanded Audit to Cost UNM $90K

By Daniel Libit

Six weeks after the New Mexico State Auditor began investigating the UNM Athletic Department, it requested a nearly five-fold increase to the budget for its special audit investigation, from $19,000 to $90,000.

The University of New Mexico will be responsible for picking up that tab, according to a Memorandum of Understanding recently obtained by NMFishbowl.com. Continue reading “Expanded Audit to Cost UNM $90K”

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”

Sources: Allegations prompt Davie investigation

By Daniel Libit

The University of New Mexico has retained an outside investigator to look into various allegations made against Lobo football coach Bob Davie, NMFishbowl.com has learned.

According to multiple sources apprised of the investigation, the school is looking into specific claims of player mistreatment, as well as allegations about the athlete drug-testing process being compromised. Continue reading “Sources: Allegations prompt Davie investigation”

The Petty Politics of Loboland

By Daniel Libit

On January 26, 2015, Craig Neal went to Santa Fe to collect a check.

At a press conference in the rotunda of The Roundhouse, Gov. Susana Martinez presented the University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach with a $10,000 donation to the “Pink Pack,” a cancer charity founded by Hugh Greenwood, the Lobos’ starting guard.

The next day, a photograph from the ceremony appeared, below-the-fold, on the front of the Albuquerque Journal’s sports section.

The image showed the governor and the coach standing face-to-face, staring intently into each other’s eyes: Neal’s right hand rests insouciantly on Martinez’s left shoulder, as she gazes up at him with a tight-lipped smile.

The picture captured, among other things, an increasingly rare sign of comity between the state’s chief executive and its largest university. But Neal was a special exception. Continue reading “The Petty Politics of Loboland”

Coming tomorrow…

How did the University of New Mexico become such a festering political swamp, which has consumed everything from UNM Hospital to Lobo basketball? Tomorrow, Sep. 5, we will plunge into this question with a 20,000-word exposé, based on over 50 interviews with key sources in and around the university. So you don’t miss it, please sign up for our email alerts on the left-hand rail of the website. 

                                                                                                       -Daniel Libit, NMFishbowl.com