Earlier this week, two New Mexico football players were suspended indefinitely by first-year head coach Bob Davie following weekend arrests. Those suspensions came on the heels of one dismissal and two other indefinite suspensions earlier this year.
Now, off-field issues have cost the Lobos two additional players for the foreseeable future.
Davie announced yesterday that a pair of senior defensive linemen — Rod Davis and Fatu Ulale — will both miss games early on in the season for receiving impermissible benefits. KRQE-TV reports that an unnamed assistant coach last season had given “the players a university number for Federal Express so they could mail packages home.” That constitutes a violation of NCAA bylaws and triggered Ulalebeing ineligible for four games and Davis for two.
Davie would not reveal the amount of money — which the players will have to repay before being reinstated — or the coach involved, although he did say he’s no longer a part of the program.
“They’re old enough to know right from wrong and the reality is it’s illegal to do that,” Davie said of the players. “Even though they were told to do that, and even though the account was given to them to use, it’s a mistake.”
Davis played in 11 games last season, starting five of those contests. Ulale was a backup lineman who played in 11 games in 2011. The former was listed as the No. 2 nose tackle on the most recent Lobos’ depth chart, while Ulale wasn’t included in the two-deep.
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