Posted at: 08/29/2012 8:30 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
A pair of UNM defensive lineman will miss some games this year because of impermisible benefits.
According to head coach Bob Davie, seniors Rod Davis and Fatu Ulale were given a Fed Ex account number by someone on the previous coaching staff. The two used that account to send some things home. The University of New Mexico football program self-reported the violations to the NCAA. This week they were denied any appeal.
The violations occurred during the 2011 season. Both players are in the process of repaying the value of the benefits.
"If they're given something, I think they're old enough to know right from wrong," said Davie. "The reality is it's illegal to do that," he added.
Because of the violations, the NCAA has declared Ulale ineligible for the first four games of the 2012 season and Davis the first two games.
Davis will be eligible to return for the game against Texas Tech on Sept. 15; Ulale will be eligible to return for the Boise State game Sept. 29.
"It certainly doesn't take me by surprise, we knew it was coming," said Davie. "I wasn't counting on Rod, I knew Rod was going to miss games."
"I wanted to announce it the day when we knew they would miss games, but I thought it would be fair to them to let them go through the appeal process."
Davie added there was a chance he might redshirt Ulale this season.