UNM Football Scandal
Posted on Nov 11, 2009 12:00am PST
As many of you may know, the reports are that UNM's Head Football Coach Michael Locksley punched, or pushed, or pulled, or grabbed an assistant coach and perhaps caused a bloody lip to be suffered by said assistant coach. UNM's reaction to the scuffle was ridiculously haphazard. Someone received written statements from the coaches that witnessed the struggle, and then paraphrased the statements and destroyed the actual written statements. Wow. On what planet is that alright? Since when do authorities, who are the custodians of evidence get the right, or have permission to paraphrase witness statements? Even worse, as far as I know, the person who paraphrased the statements has not been disciplined in any way by the university.
The university decided to try to sweep the incident under the rug instead of disclose what happened from the start. What's worse, is that it was clearly a concerted effort --why else wouldn't heads roll after what occurred? Weeks later, the President and Krebs held a conference to tell everyone that they screwed up and failed to inform the media as to how the apparent cover-up was orchestrated.
Where should UNM go from here? UNM's Director of Athletics, Paul Krebs needs to go. His administrative efforts at the university have been a disaster. He flip-flopped throughout the scandal involving coach Locksley, caused a decrease in attendance at football games by his ridiculous policies and has never taken accountability for any of his shortcomings. You all might remember that he instituted a policy against tailgating at UNM's football games where security officers were ordered to shut down all tailgating prior to kick-off, and were ordered to charge a fee to park at the stadium parking lot --the very stadium parking lot that taxpayers bought to make and pay to maintain. As an aside, it should be known that red-blooded New Mexicans drink, eat chile and generally speaking like to live free and have fun. He'd be better off at some Division III Reborn Christian School in Southeast Texas. Krebs' policies are against all New Mexican values and he's too much of a wuss to stand up for what's right anyway. I know I'm not alone when I say that as a UNM Alumni, I no longer feel any connection with the University as it has gone in such a hideous direction --it's just not like it used to be.