ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The NCAA has penalized the University
of New Mexico with three years of probation for academic fraud
within the football program.
The NCAA infractions committee on Wednesday also imposed
scholarship reductions and limited the number of paid visits
provided to prospective football players.
The committee concluded that two former Lobo assistants
improperly helped one player and three recruits in 2004 to obtain
fraudulent academic credits through correspondence courses at
Fresno Pacific University.
The school already had self-imposed some penalties, including
two years of probation, after reviewing the coaches' actions.
The Lobo football team hosts Texas A&M September sixth.
New Mexico football coach Rocky Long has signed a five-year contract extension through June 2013.
Long's new base salary is $240,000 with an additional $510,000 dollars for radio and television appearances and for promoting the school, athletics and football. Long is 61-and-61 in 10 seasons with the
Lobos, including a 36-and-26 mark since 2003.