The year 1980-81 will forever be remembered as the year when athletics at the University of New Mexico began its return to success with integrity. The end of the year was marked by the state trial of former basketball coach Norm Ellenberger. He was found guilty of 21 counts of fraud and filing false travel vouchers. That trial perhaps marked the end of a long ordeal for the university's athletic department. Last December the Lobo basketball program was placed on two years probation by the NCAA after an investigation stemming from the Ellenberger era. The Lobos will come off that probation in 1983 in time to remain as the host for the NCAA Finals at the Pit. With the now infamous Lobogate scandal behind, Athletic Director John Bridgers set about trying to put the pieces back together. Carrying the banner of honesty and integrity, Bridgers methodically continues to mold the kind of athletic program that has made him a success everywhere he's been.
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University of New Mexico. "Annual Report of the University, 1980-1981, Volumes 1-5." (1981). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_annual_reports/53