University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie said Wednesday he’s considering his options regarding discipline for senior running back Teriyon Gipson, who as reported by Albuquerque TV station KOB was arrested on misdemeanor gun possession and marijuana possession charges in January in his hometown of Dallas.
When Davie does decide, he doesn’t plan an announcement.
“I’m going to wait a little bit here and just see, but I pretty much know what the story is,” Davie said after Wednesday morning’s practice in preparation for the Lobos’ game at Rutgers on Saturday. “I’ve had a conversation with (Gipson) and his mom, and we’ll decide.
“But it won’t be for the whole country to be in on what we decide to do.”
Davie didn’t learn of Gipson’s January arrest until Tuesday. Since taking over the program in 2012, Davie has stipulated that players inform him immediately if they get into legal trouble.
“The day of ‘nobody’s gonna find out’ … that day is over,” Davie told KOB on Tuesday. “Gip thought that because it was a misdemeanor it would just disappear. And (Gipson and his family) chose to go that path rather than to get us in on it right away.
“Thank God it’s a misdemeanor and maybe we can learn, and Gip can use this as another valuable lesson.”
Davie was asked if any discipline handed down might involve reduced playing time or missing games. “I don’t know,” he said. “I’ve got to take a lot of things into account on this, so I think we’ve probably done enough talking about it now publicly.”
In the meantime, limited playing time is a moot point. Last Saturday, late in UNM’s 32-31 loss at New Mexico State, Gipson took a shot to the head and is out indefinitely.
Gipson was not on the practice field Wednesday morning and was not made available to the news media.
According to KOB, the gun charge has been dropped but the marijuana possession charge had not been resolved.
“They could have paid a $500 fine,” Davie said. “Instead, they chose to take a class. He has not yet finished that class.
“I’m going to make sure, number one, that all the facts check out.”
After two games, Gipson is UNM’s leading rusher on the season with 243 yard on 20 carries, a 12.1-yard average, and four touchdowns. For his career, he has rushed for 2,120 yards and 23 touchdowns.