Bob Davie IS the new sherriff in town
Posted at: 08/28/2012 8:43 PM
| Updated at: 08/28/2012 10:47 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
Tuesday afternoon, University of New Mexico head coach Bob Davie suspended his second player in as many days. Quarterback David Vega was suspended indefinitely (for the second time). Vega was involved in an incident in which police arrived at the scene early Sunday morning, resulting in his arrest. He was charged misdemeanors of a minor in possession and concealing his identity.
Davie suspended Vega immediately, "without asking his side of the story", because of past events and Vega's decision not to come to Davie. Earlier this month the head coach sent Vega home from camp in Ruidoso after a violation of team rules.
If you're counting at home, he's now had to deal with discipline issues involving four different players (one of them TWICE!).
Under previous head coach Mike Locksley, the program was criticized for being undisciplined. With the swiftness of Davie's decisions, you can't say the same thing about this team. I'm sure those fans who wanted to bash the program can't find fault in Davie doing his best to try to clean it up.
Davie said on Tuesday he realizes young adults are going to make some poor decisions, it's how you react to it when it happens. "I'm not naieve enough to think you're going to eliminate all problems," said Davie. "All I can do is control what do we do as soon as we find out."
When Davie was asked about his discipline policies earlier in the week, he told us New Mexico wasn't going to win games until "New Mexico got the Lobos off their own schedule."
"I talk about self inflicted mistakes all the time and that's another example of a self-inflicted mistake of us just beating ourselves."
"I also said I'm not afraid to lose a football game if it means sacrificing the foundation for the future."
Former head coach Mike Locksley put a rule in place preventing his players from visiting any of the downtown Albuquerque bars. Davie doesn't have a plan like that in place. "I'd rather have them deal with what reality is and learn how to handle situations."
"I don't see any need to keep them from going to certain places now. Maybe I will the more I become accustomed to what Albuquerque is all about. I never tried to shield guys or keep them from making decisions."
How many wins a more disciplined team is worth has yet to be shown. Davie told us his goal this year is to make UNM the most improved program in the country. His disciplinary measures this week are a step in that direction.