— The Sports Xchange —
New Mexico’s athletic department has been the subject of three recent investigations, and amid that turmoil the school announced on Thursday it has suspended Lobos head football coach Bob Davie for 30 days.
The latest investigative action came Thursday when New Mexico attorney general Hector Balderas announced he will expand his ongoing investigation into the university’s athletics department.
New Mexico was first investigated by retired federal judge Bruce Black, and later by the Chicago law firm Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose. It was the report filed by the latter group that led New Mexico to suspend Davie.
That report apparently deals with a culture of improper practices and procedures rather than one specific violation, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
In one example, according to the Journal, Davie met with a UNM police officer and tried to discredit a rape accusation against a Lobo football player.
The Lobos went 3-9 this past season in Davie’s sixth season as head coach. Davie, 63, is 30-45 with New Mexico.
–LSU is bringing in former Florida assistant coach Doug Nussmeier as an offensive analyst, multiple media outlets reported.
Nussmeier is joining the Tigers after spending the past three seasons as offensive coordinator at SEC rival Florida. The Baton Rouge Advocate confirmed the move, citing a source.
Part of the purge at Florida last season that included the firing of head coach Jim McElwain, Nussmeier was dismissed in late November after the Gators named Dan Mullen as the school’s new head coach.
–Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed this week that he still plans to take the team to France this year, multiple media outlets reported.
The Wolverines have a tentative April 14 date set for their spring game and plan to close the spring session with a team trip to Paris and Normandy. Harbaugh said the trip will take place after final exams are completed.
The Michigan team went to Italy last April, and it had three practices in Rome.