NCAA Puts Minnesota Hoops on Probation

The NCAA committee has weighed those facts against what has been called one of the most serious cases of academic fraud in recent history.

Other high-profile penalties handed down in the past 10 or 15 years — such as sanctions against UNLV, Kansas and Kentucky — dealt mostly with recruiting violations. The Minnesota case is rare for the scope of the on-campus fraud.

Second-year coach Dan Monson compared waiting for the NCAA decision to being like a child waiting for the spanking he’ll get when his father gets home.

Scandal Hurts Recruiting

But the scandal has been more than frustrating for Monson and other Minnesota officials. It has hurt recruiting.

Center Rick Rickert of Duluth, Minnesota’s top high-school prospect and one of the nation’s top recruits, delayed announcing his college choice until Wednesday. He was considering Minnesota and Arizona.

In March 1999, the day before the Gophers started play in the NCAA tournament, the Pioneer Press reported that Gangelhoff admitted writing papers for players.

The story prompted a nine-month, $2.2 million investigation by the university. Federal prosecutors are still looking into the case.

Minnesota and the NCAA allege that Newby steered players to Gangelhoff and that Haskins rewarded her. Investigators also say that Newby helped get grades or classes changed to keep several players eligible and that Haskins told players to lie after the story broke.

Haskins admitted — after several denials — that he paid Gangelhoff $3,000 cash to tutor a student after she was ordered to stay away from the team. Minnesota is suing to retrieve the $1.5 million buyout given Haskins, claiming he broke school and NCAA rules and violated his contract when he admitted paying Gangelhoff.

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