Scandals in College Sports

Text: Ben Glicksman
Photo: Manny Millan, Steve Wewerka/SI

Academic Fraud at Minnesota

During his tenure as Minnesota head coach, Clem Haskins led the Golden Gophers to the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1999, even boasting a Final Four berth. Looking through the record books, none of that ever happened. Days before the team's first-round showdown with Gonzaga in 1999, it was reported that the program had allowed widespread academic fraud, with former manager Jan Gangelhoff claiming she'd written more than 400 papers for at least 20 players. The allegations proved to be true, and the NCAA struck swiftly. Minnesota was stripped of all awards, records and titles from 1993 to 1999, and lost five scholarships over the next three seasons. Haskins, AD Mark Dienhart, Vice President of Athletics McKinley Boston, assistant AD Jeff Schemmel and academic counselor Alonzo Newby all lost their jobs.

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