LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO (KTSM) – Allegations of misconduct against New Mexico State football coach Doug Martin will be proven false, Martin himself told KTSM on Wednesday afternoon.
In the last two weeks, the university was made aware of a complaint about Martin’s misconduct in a letter from the Office of the Attorney General to NMSU president John Floros. An NM State spokesperson told KTSM on Wednesday that the school is looking into the matter.
No timetable has been set for the completion of the investigation, but Martin told KTSM that he fully expects to be cleared by university administration.
“This is a ridiculous allegation that will be proven false by players and trainers and everyone around here,” Martin told KTSM. “It comes from a single disgruntled parent who has a kid that was not getting to play. They have been threatening me all year long that if their kid didn’t play they had friends who could get me fired. They have used racial slurs saying I treat black players better than other players. This will all come out in the end to be false.”
The Las Cruces Sun-News reported on Wednesday afternoon that the Office of the Attorney General is in contact with the university, in regards to the investigation:
The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that some of the specific accusations against Martin included intimidating and threatening behavior towards his players; verbal bullying; weaponizing of medical information and disparaging injury treatment plans; forcing players to practice in dangerous weather conditions and play with injuries; and allegations of disparate treatment of minority student-athletes and nepotism.
Martin just completed his seventh season as the head coach at New Mexico State, leading the Aggies to a 2-10 record. Overall, Martin is just 22-63 since 2013 in Las Cruces.
NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia has said previously that Martin will return for the 2020 season. Martin has two years remaining on his contract and over $1 million in buyout costs.