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Self-reporting didn't incude help for player

By: 
George Dohrmann
Staff Writer
April 28, 1999

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The University of Minnesota did not report a possible violation of NCAA rules involving Jan Gangelhoff and former basketball player Kevin Loge in 1996 even though they -- as well as the former head of the academic counseling unit -- say they told a university official that the former office manager helped Loge with a take-home exam.


That the incident was not reported by Chris Schoemann, the university's director of compliance, is now being investigated as part of the university's probe into academic fraud in the men's basketball program, said Tonya Moten Brown, chief of staff for university President Mark Yudof.

Under NCAA rules, programs must report "instances in which compliance (with NCAA rules) has not been achieved."

Minnesota officials reported one possible NCAA violation involving Gangelhoff, but it was for typing an assignment for an unidentified player in March 1998, according to documents released by the school Tuesday.

Schoemann said he had no basis for reporting the Loge incident, which appeared in a March 10 Pioneer Press report.

"The information the student-athlete and the employee gave us at the time led us to believe no violation occurred," Schoemann said. "We were not given the facts that were reported in (the Pioneer Press)."

Schoemann would not comment further.

According to the documents released Tuesday, the men's athletic department reported to the NCAA 115 potential violations, 16 of which occurred in the basketball program.

Both Loge and Gangelhoff said they told Schoemann that Gangelhoff helped the player find answers on a take-home exam. In addition, former academic counseling director Elayne Donahue said she told Schoemann one of her employees witnessed the incident.

Gangelhoff's allegations that she did course work for at least 21 players led to the current investigation.

Gangelhoff was questioned about the Loge incident, which both say took place when the rest of the team was in Puerto Rico for a tournament (Nov. 29 to Dec. 1). She said she was in the office of Alonzo Newby, the academic counselor for men's basketball, when Loge asked her for help.

"I was sitting in there and Kevin was across the hall, and he asked me if I knew anything about, I think, business law," Gangelhoff said. "I walked over there and he said he had this take-home exam and that he couldn't even find where the answers were. I looked at the questions and then looked at the back of the sheet where there was some dialogue about the questions and saw that the answer for one of the questions was like in the second paragraph.

"I told Kevin, `Look on the back and you'll find the answers.' "

Gangelhoff said Cindy Kato, a learning specialist in academic counseling, heard the conversation and reported it to Donahue. Kato did not return phone messages left at her office Tuesday, but Donahue confirmed that a member of her staff told her about the incident and that she confronted Gangelhoff. Donahue said she then reported the incident to Schoemann.

Gangelhoff said Schoemann questioned her twice, the first time in December 1996. She said he asked her about helping Loge and that she admitted she told him where to find the answers. Loge has said that Schoemann questioned him and that he admitted Gangelhoff told him where to find the answers.

Loge said he was never punished for the incident but was told never to work with Gangelhoff again. He could not remember by whom.

"I know that someone told Kevin and a lot of the players that I couldn't work with them anymore," Gangelhoff said, "because players like Courtney (James) and Charles (Thomas) were pretty mad at Kevin and pretty hard on him after that."

Following the incident, Loge said he was berated by teammates. He recalled a passing drill during one practice when some teammates called him "snitch."

Gangelhoff said Schoemann questioned her again about a month after their first meeting and showed her an anonymous note that read: "Jan Gangelhoff is typing papers for players." She said she told Schoemann it was untrue. Schoemann said he could not comment on the incident because it is part of the university's investigation.

Schoemann said he reports violations that are proven, not merely allegations, and that he had no proof that a NCAA violation occurred involving Loge and Gangelhoff.

"We don't report allegations," Schoemann said. "Sometimes, as part of a bigger investigation, we might include them in a report or possibly if we had more than one allegation for a particular sport. . . . Or, if more than one person made the same allegation, we might report the incident."

On Oct. 26, 1998, the university reported that a player was given nonpermissable academic support, a violation of NCAA rule 16.3.3. The description given for the incident, which the report says occurred March 3 of that year, states: "(Student Athlete's) tutor typed an assignment for (Student Athlete)."

Gangelhoff received a letter dated Oct. 26, 1998, from athletic director Mark Dienhart that says she was disassociated from the program for undisclosed violations. She said she was never told why she was disassociated and that she was never questioned about typing a paper for a player.

Gangelhoff was hired by the university to tutor Antoine Broxsie, and, according to documents she provided the Pioneer Press, also tutored Kevin Clark during the time of the violation.

"I didn't know that they were looking into whether I typed a paper for a player. No one ever asked me about it," Gangelhoff said Tuesday. "Yes, I did work for Antoine and Kevin during that time, but I don't know what they reported because no one ever told me or asked me what I did."

Among the 16 potential violations reported involving the men's basketball program is a March 1997 incident when "Institution paid for incidental hotel expenses ranging from $12.99 to $673 incurred by numerous student-athletes."

Also, in December 1994 a team trainer evaluated and treated a thigh injury for a recruit, and in 1993 members of the team were given jackets.

Most of the incidents would be considered secondary violations, although the severity of some violations is unknown because of the vagueness of the reports.


Staff writer Dave Shaffer contributed to this story.

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