Who Has Paul Krebs Been Calling?

By Daniel Libit

It has been a trying past few months for Paul Krebs, the University of New Mexico’s Vice President for Athletics: a dismal conclusion to the Lobo men’s basketball season; the discombobulated firing of Craig Neal; the preemption of WisePies’ naming-rights agreement; the procurement of Dreamstyle’s naming-rights agreement; the death — and rejuvenation — of UNM’s ski programs; and the unfolding scandal involving Krebs’ 2015 booster golf trip to Scotland. Continue reading “Who Has Paul Krebs Been Calling?”

UPDATED: UNM’s Longest-Serving Regent Resigns

By Daniel Libit

Jack L. Fortner, the University of New Mexico’s longest-serving regent, submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday, NMFishbowl.com has learned. Fortner, who was first appointed to the UNM Board of Regents in 1999, served as its president from 2011-2015. Continue reading “UPDATED: UNM’s Longest-Serving Regent Resigns”

UNM Has a Suite Deadbeat Problem

By Daniel Libit

While UNM continues to scrounge for new sources of athletic department cash, it appears the Lobos are facing an equally daunting challenge in banking past-due revenue from its best seats in the house.

Sources have been murmuring for some time that the university is still owed quite a bit of money from a number of its suite and club-seat occupants at football and men’s basketball games. A dire-sounding email UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs sent on April 19, which NMFishbowl.com obtained through a public records request, seems to confirm as much. Continue reading “UNM Has a Suite Deadbeat Problem”

Dreamstyle Believed WisePies Deal was Dead

By Daniel Libit

Dreamstyle Remodeling owner Larry Chavez said it’s his understanding that the WisePies deal “wasn’t going to continue” by the time he stepped in to purchase The Pit’s naming rights.

In an interview with NMFishbowl.com this week, Chavez detailed a timeline of the process that challenges the public accounts UNM and WisePies Pizza & Salads have claimed about the transition of the basketball arena’s titling. Additionally, Chavez helped clarify why his company’s naming-rights deal was run through Learfield Communications, the university’s marketing and broadcast rights partner, as opposed to the UNM Foundation, the steward of the WisePies “gift agreement.” Continue reading “Dreamstyle Believed WisePies Deal was Dead”

Here Lies WisePies: “Less is More”

By Daniel Libit

It was always only a matter of time.

Even before The Pit was renamed WisePies Arena, in December 2014, those negotiating the naming-rights deal on behalf of the University of New Mexico and UNM Foundation assumed it would never reach maturity. Continue reading “Here Lies WisePies: “Less is More””

UNM Fund: 1st Amendment Crusader?

By Daniel Libit

The UNM Foundation and University of New Mexico Board of Regents have now formally responded in court to our public records lawsuit, arguing, among other things, that the Foundation’s resistance to transparency is actually a defense of the First Amendment. Continue reading “UNM Fund: 1st Amendment Crusader?”

Dan Dakich: Krebs’ Coach Whisperer

By Daniel Libit

There’s still much to sort out about the University of New Mexico’s spasmodic search to replace former men’s basketball coach Craig Neal, whose firing was announced minutes before midnight on March 31.

Thereafter, a number of names emerged from the fray — San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego, Florida Gulf Coach University’s Joe Dooley, UT Arlington’s Scott Cross, East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes and, for the real fantasizers, recently deposed Indiana coach Tom Crean — only to retreat in succession, leading to the under-the-wire hire of New Mexico State’s Paul Weir.

What exactly was going on behind-the-scenes still remains something of a mystery, although UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs has insisted that the process ultimately played out as it was supposed to. Continue reading “Dan Dakich: Krebs’ Coach Whisperer”

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 NMFishbowl.com’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. NMFishbowl.com recently obtained a copy of that letter through a public records request. In it, Bell writes that university officials “read with interest” the NMFishbowl.com 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”

Podcast: It’s Foundational

By Daniel Libit

NMFishbowl.com recently spoke with legendary journalist Dave Marash for his “HERE & THERE” podcast/radio show, where we discussed the Cody Hopkins saga and our public records lawsuit against the University of New Mexico Foundation. You can listen to the hour-long conversation by clicking here. We readily encourage you to do so.

Much like Craig Neal, The Fishbowl is taking a nice, long vacation, following a very mad March. (Regrettably, unlike Neal, the university is not paying us $1 million to do so.) We’ve also commenced several longer-term projects related to UNM Athletics, so the postings on this site will be relatively light over the next month or so. But take no comfort, Lobo obscurantists: we’ll be back, sooner than you’d like.