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New Mexico Has Suspended Bob Davie For 30 Days

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New Mexico football head coach Bob Davie is suspended for 30 days.

Bob Davie is set to enter his seventh year at UNM as head coach. There may be serious questions about whether he will reach the 2018 season after details from this suspension.

The university retained outside investigators for Chicago law firm Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose to look into allegations against the football program. The firm was tasked with looking into the program's handling of three separate sexual assault allegations against Lobos players.

The investigation did not find conclusive evidence that Davie or his staff interfered with investigations into the cases. It did, however, recommend "strong action" from the school.

The Albuquerque Journal has more on the result of the investigation. From its report:

"But the firm is recommending leadership “take strong action to ensure that the University does not and will not — in any aspect of the University’s program, including athletics —tolerate sexual harassment, sexual assault, physical abuse or other prohibited misconduct against its students.” It is also urging greater oversight of the athletic department and other units “with respect to their handling of incidents of alleged misconduct” following its recent probe, according to the report it filed with UNM last month."

This investigation began in November, on the heels of another into Davie's program. The school previously brought in retired federal judge Bruce Black to look into potential interference from the football program in the school's handling of sexual assault allegations, as well as "alleged physical abuse of football players."

The head coach was not interviewed during Black's investigation. However, there are some very troubling allegations about things he has said in connection to sexual assault cases.

Witnesses told Black that Davie had “held an all team meeting in which he told the players to ‘get some dirt on this whore,'” according to Hogan Marren’s report. The firm said it was not able to independently confirm Davie’s actual comments, as players and coaches it contacted said they weren’t at the meeting or didn’t remember Davie using those words or remembered only hearing they needed to protect their teammate and provide information to Davie.

The suspension comes down just one day after National Signing Day. Davie participated in the school's NSD events, and gave the customary press conference on Wednesday.

He will, however, miss at least a good deal of the program's spring practice. The Lobos are kicking off spring ball early this year, with the first practice coming tomorrow.

Davie took over as New Mexico head coach ahead of the 2012 season. He was the head coach at Notre Dame from 1997-2001.

[Albuquerque Journal]