Category: Crime and Punishment

AG Lobo Probe Expands to FB Rape Case

By Daniel Libit

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has expanded his multifaceted review of the University of New Mexico’s athletic department to include at least one allegation of sexual assault by a former Lobo football player, has learned.

The specific incident in question appears to be the same one referenced in a Hogan Marren law firm investigation report released last month, which presented claims that UNM football coach Bob Davie had instructed his players to “get some dirt” on the accuser. Continue reading “AG Lobo Probe Expands to FB Rape Case”

UNM to Hopkins: Now Pay us $63K

By Daniel Libit

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a statement from UNM spokesperson Cinnamon Blair. 

In direct response to’s story last month about former Lobo basketball operations director Cody Hopkins, the University of New Mexico has now formally demanded Hopkins pay the school $63,411. That amount represents the sum total of all unreconciled charges a UNM Special Audit claimed Hopkins had put on his school Purchasing Card, regardless of whether the charges were for legitimate purposes.

The school’s demand was issued in a terse, one-page letter sent on March 15 by Kimberly Bell, UNM’s senior deputy counsel, to Hopkins’ lawyer Elizabeth Higginbotham. recently obtained a copy of that letter through a public records request. In it, Bell writes that university officials “read with interest” the article, and noted several “apparent admissions” Hopkins made, which included his failing to keep up with his P-Card reconciliations; forging signatures; and using the P-Card for personal or family expenses. Continue reading “UNM to Hopkins: Now Pay us $63K”