The woman whose allegations of academic fraud rocked Minnesota's basketball program says she was told her $3,000 payment for unapproved tutoring came from coach Clem Haskins.
Jan Gangelhoff, a former office manager in the university's academic counseling unit, initially told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press that Haskins gave her the money. But in interviews with the Pioneer Press and WCCO-TV, Gangelhoff clarified that the money came through an intermediary.
"It came from (Haskins). He didn't hand it to me, but it came from him," she told the Pioneer Press.
Gangelhoff declined to identify the person she said paid her, except to say it was "another basketball program staff member that I trusted."
Haskins has denied paying Gangelhoff for tutoring and has denied knowledge of any academic cheating.
Meanwhile, a second former university employee came forward Thursday with an allegation of academic impropriety at the school. Rick Marsden, a former academic counselor for the team, told the Pioneer Press Haskins asked him in 1986 to do course work for a player.
Marsden, who is gay, is suing the school for sexual harassment. The allegation is in an affidavit filed Jan. 6 in his lawsuit, though it does not identify the coach.
"It was him," Marsden said. "He asked me to write a paper for (the player) and I told him I absolutely would not. He swore at me; I swore at him and then I told my boss."
Haskins declined comment on the allegation.
Marsden said doctors determined he was mentally unable to work in men's athletics after he suffered what he called a mental breakdown last fall. His request to be transferred to another department was denied and he has been on unpaid leave since Dec. 17.
Gangelhoff first told her story to the Pioneer Press in a story Wednesday, saying she had done course work for at least 20 players in the basketball program, including four on the current squad. She said she wrote papers, helped with take-home exams and did other course work for players between 1993 and 1998. Four former players confirmed Gangelhoff did work for them.
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According to the newspaper, she said Haskins gave her $3,000 for tutoring Antoine Broxsie, a current player.
Gangelhoff's boss, Elayne Donahue, had denied a request to allow Gangelhoff to tutor Broxsie last spring. Donahue, the retired head of the academic counseling unit, said she had warned athletic department administrators that Gangelhoff was tutoring players in violation of depatment policy. She said her warning was ignored.
Gangelhoff told WCCO her role evolved from tutor to actually doing the players' assignments because it was easier and faster.
"The kids didn't ask me, either," Gangelhoff said. "That was a decision I made on my own. Basically, because of time constraints, it was just easier for me to do it."
Five hours before the start of Minnesota's first-round game in the NCAA Tournament Thursday, university president Mark Yudof announced that starters Kevin Clark and Miles Tarver, along with reserves Broxsie and Jason Stanford, were ineligible pending the outcome of an inquiry.
The Golden Gophers were eliminated when they lost 75-63 to Gonzaga, but Haskins said he wholeheartedly agreed with Yudof's decision.
Haskins saw the investigation as just another test in his life.
"This is the type of thing that just tests your courage. It tests you as a Christian. It tests you as a man," Haskins said.
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