New Mexico suspends Davie after 2 investigations into inappropriate conduct

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New Mexico has suspended head coach Bob Davie for 30 days without pay after two investigations into his inappropriate conduct, the university announced Thursday.

Davie is alleged to have mistreated players and there were concerns he may have compromised the drug-testing process for players. UNM first hired a retired federal judge to conduct an investigation before hiring a law firm for an official inquiry, with a specific focus on the athletics department and the football program.

"At the University of New Mexico, our students are our first priority," UNM interim president Chaouki Abdallah said in a statement. "This includes their academic success, support for their activities outside of the classroom and, of course, their personal well-being. My message remains the same - I am committed to cultivating a culture focused on creating an environment that respects differences and ensures the health, safety and wellness of each member of our community. Providing a culture that helps students, faculty and staff feel safe on our campus and protects from bullying and intimidation is my top priority.

The statement continued: "I received reports from each investigation. Both identified blind-spots as well as instances where UNM policies have been violated and outdated practices persist regarding University reporting processes. Although UNM has clear policies, procedures and options for reporting misconduct and has made important progress in simplifying these options, gaps still exist. We will close the gaps and will not accept confusion or ignorance of policies as an excuse. Behavior that violates our policies will not be tolerated. We will intensify our efforts to educate our campus community and change the culture of accountability within the University."

The Lobos went 3-9 in 2017, a season after posting a 9-4 record and winning a division title in the Mountain West Conference.

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