It had been made known in advance that UNM football coach Bob Davie would not speak on Friday about the 30-day suspension levied upon him Thursday or the appeal of the suspension he has filed.
But, after Friday’s first session of spring practice, in response to media questioning, he at least talked around it.
Was this a distraction for him or his team?
“Not really,” he said, noting that it’s something the program has been dealing with for a while. News of an investigation into his conduct broke the day before the Lobos played Boise State on Sept. 14.
“I’ve kept (the players) transparent from the beginning, when it first came to my attention,” he said. “The new guys that have come in, I addressed it today. … I’m not minimizing it, I just don’t really think it is (a distraction).”
Asked what he shared with the players, he said, ‘I think that’s why they’re players and everybody else is either media or on the outside. Some things we keep as a team.”
Davie said he and his staff have discussed the situation with all of the 2018 signees, although Wednesday, on signing day, he said the investigation had “probably come up in three players’ conversations.”
Senior quarterback Coltin Gerhart said the players see the situation as something that’s out of their control.
“We’re just trying to focus on ourselves,” he said. “It’s the first day of spring ball and we just heard about that, but we came out here and had a good day, and I think it’s out of our control and it will all shake out.”