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New Mexico suspends football coach amid misconduct probe

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS AND MARY HUDETZ
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico has announced it is suspending head football coach Bob Davie for 30 days in connection with alleged physical abuse of football players.

The school said Thursday that Davie was suspended after a Chicago law firm could not conclude that football coaches or staff obstructed criminal investigations or misconduct cases involving players.

The firm, however, recommended that leadership "take strong action" to ensure the school didn't tolerate sexual harassment or physical abuse. It calls for more oversight into the school's athletic program.

A previous investigation through confidential interviews with players found that Davie told players to "get some dirt" on a woman who had reported that a football player had raped her.

New Mexico's Interim President Abdallah says Davie was placed on unpaid suspension as a first step.

This story corrects a previous version to say a previous investigation through confidential interviews with players found Davie told players to "get some dirt" on a woman.

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