New Mexico granted 30-day extension in academic fraud investigation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The NCAA has granted a 30-day extension
in an academic fraud investigation involving New Mexico's football
program after a request by one of the parties, athletics director
Paul Krebs said.

The development is a minor delay that will postpone the
university's response to the NCAA until Jan. 7. When Krebs
disclosed the investigation in September, he said New Mexico
planned to respond by Dec. 7.

"We will not submit our report yet," Krebs said Monday.
"We'll make sure it's done on time, but we don't want to submit it
any earlier than we have to."

The NCAA is looking into four potential rules violations
involving three members of New Mexico's coaching staff. None of the
coaches has been identified, but Krebs has said two are no longer
on staff.

Head coach Rocky Long is not accused of any wrongdoing.

Krebs said the 30-day extension was requested by "someone no
longer associated with the university." NCAA investigators agreed,
granting more time to all parties.

Krebs said New Mexico is close to completing its response but
will hold it because of the possibility that new details could
emerge during the extension.

"If more information becomes available, the NCAA will update
you on it," he said.

However, Krebs said there has been no additional evidence,
information or charges since the NCAA notified New Mexico of the
investigation in a Sept. 6 letter.

The assistant coaches are accused of helping four prospective
student athletes and one student athlete already enrolled at New
Mexico to improperly obtain credits through correspondence courses
at Fresno Pacific University.

Only two of the five played for the Lobos. No current players
are involved in the case, which dates from the spring of 2004 and
fall of 2005.

New Mexico is conducting an internal investigation and likely
will self-impose penalties. The school must appear before the
NCAA's infractions committee next spring, and a verdict would be
issued at that stage.