NMFOG, Brechner Center File Brief in Support of our IPRA Suit

By Daniel Libit

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information have jointly submitted an Amici Curiae brief in support of our public records lawsuit against the University of New Mexico Foundation. Continue reading “NMFOG, Brechner Center File Brief in Support of our IPRA Suit”

AG Lobo Probe Expands to FB Rape Case

By Daniel Libit

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has expanded his multifaceted review of the University of New Mexico’s athletic department to include at least one allegation of sexual assault by a former Lobo football player, NMFishbowl.com has learned.

The specific incident in question appears to be the same one referenced in a Hogan Marren law firm investigation report released last month, which presented claims that UNM football coach Bob Davie had instructed his players to “get some dirt” on the accuser. Continue reading “AG Lobo Probe Expands to FB Rape Case”

Ex-Lobos Drop Hail Mary Lawsuit

By Daniel Libit

Former University of New Mexico football players Crusoe Gongbay and SaQwan Edwards have ended a two-year legal battle against their alma mater this week, after a federal judge had previously dismissed the bulk of their claims. Continue reading “Ex-Lobos Drop Hail Mary Lawsuit”

Davie’s Docked Pay Less Than Reported

By Daniel Libit

Despite initial reports that Lobo football coach Bob Davie would be taking a roughly $70,000 hit for his 30-day suspension, it appears that Davie’s actual docked pay will be significantly less than that.

NMFishbowl.com recently viewed a copy of the suspension letter that Davie received from UNM interim President Chaouki Aballah, which explicitly states that the coach would only lose out on one month of his base salary.

In the letter, Abdallah tabulated that amount to be $32,514.62. Per his current contract, Davie’s total annual compensation is $822,690, not including bonuses or compensatory benefits. This means that Davie’s suspension will ultimately cost him less than four percent of what he is due to earn during this contract year. Continue reading “Davie’s Docked Pay Less Than Reported”

The DB Who Dimed Out Davie

By Daniel Libit

“There are so many others who want to speak up, but are afraid to,” read the email sent August 9 to the University of New Mexico’s interim Athletic Director Janice Ruggiero and interim President Chaouki Abdallah.

The sender was Jadon Boatright, a junior cornerback on the UNM football team, who was supposed to be a key anchor to the Lobos’ defensive unit.

But now he was asserting himself into a different role: team informant. Continue reading “The DB Who Dimed Out Davie”

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?”