EL PASO, FEB. 12 -- Texas-El Paso will conduct its own investigation of alleged wrongdoing uncovered by the NCAA during an investigation of the school's basketball program, school officials said today.

"We do want to find out if these {allegations} are indeed true, and that takes an investigation on our part," Athletic Director Brad Hovious said.

The school appointed attorney Ricardo Adauto III to look into the allegations. UTEP President Diana Natalicio said Adauto, her assistant, was present at many of the interviews conducted by the NCAA.

UTEP has until May 7 to respond to the 13 allegations lodged after an NCAA investigation that lasted more than a year.

The NCAA infractions committee will review UTEP's response at its June 27-30 meeting in Monterey, Calif. UTEP's track and field program was found guilty of major violations in 1986. But the five-year clock on those violations runs out June 13, precluding the NCAA's death penalty.

Coach Don Haskins, who has headed the program for 30 years, was not at today's news conference.

Hovious and Natalicio said they take all of the infractions seriously. Some of the more serious allegations are:

An assistant coach is accused of tutoring recruit John Staggers at least four times to prepare him for three separate General Equivalency Diploma exams. The assistant also is accused of arranging for the athlete to retake the test, even though a six-month waiting period had not expired, and enrolling him in a federally funded GED preparation class intended for migrant workers and their families.

The men's basketball staff allegedly arranged for a booster to pay a prospective player for work done at the booster's home. The booster, identified by a former player as restaurateur Mike Daeuble, is accused of paying $300 in cash for 10 hours work.

A university athletic department official was accused of giving a player a round-trip airline ticket home. Former player Rodney McKoy has said he was given a free airline ticket.

Basketball coaches were said to have made made in-person, off-campus recruiting visits to two prospective players.

Boosters allegedly provided free cars to players.

A coach allegedly twice lied to the NCAA enforcement staff about providing transportation numerous times to prospective and enrolled players and a prospective player's mother.

The NCAA also said the university poorly monitors and controls the program and has failed to educate athletics department staff on its rules.