Yudof: Athletic and central administrators failed to adequately manage the basketball program. It became an isolated fiefdom allowed to operate virtually unchecked. While the corruption was narrowly centered in men's basketball, the deference to the wishes of coach Haskins extended to the high ranks of the University's administration. Because of this loss of control, the fraud continued unchecked for years.Haskins has insisted he was unaware of any cheating. The university bought out the remainder of his contract this summer in a $1.5 million settlement. A woman who answered the phone at Haskins' home in Kentucky said the former coach would have no comment on the university's findings.
Yudof: While nothing in the report, nothing, indicates that either Doctor Boston or Doctor Dienhart knew of the cheating, the facts show that they had strong reason to be suspicious of the operation of the basketball counseling program. Plenty of warning signs were sent. Despite signals of their irregularities, no adequate investigation was ever launched during this period.Dienhart says he acted on the limited information he had about rule violations in basketball but says he was lied to and betrayed by people around and within the program. He says he hopes no such scandal occurs again at the university.
Dienhart: There are any number of safeguards you can put in place that will help. Ultimately, if somebody wants to lie, if somebody wants to cheat, if somebody wants to deceive somebody else, they can get away with it.Effective December 1, U of M athletics programs will report to Tonya Moten Brown, Yudof's chief of staff whose job will be converted into a vice-presidency for administration. The academic counseling department for student athletes will report to the university provost and the athletic compliance officer to the university's head attorney.
Spence: We want all citizens to understand that the entire cost associated with this investigation will be borne by the men's athletics department not by tax dollars.Of Minnesota's 11 men's sports teams, only basketball, football, and hockey generate significant profits. Money made by those teams already subsidizes other men's sports, women's sports, and athletic building projects. The Gopher basketball team made more than $6 million last year and is the most profitable program in the Big Ten conference. The football team, conversely, was the Big Ten's least profitable. But that shows signs of changing. Steady football improvement under coach Glen Mason has produced a top-20 national ranking and the Gophers expect to play in their first bowl game in seven years this winter.
Dienhart: I told Glen that it's my hope that I'll be watching him coach 10 years down the road here at the University of Minnesota. Glen Mason in my judgment ought to be a treasure of this state based upon what he's done and I will do anything I possibly can to make sure that he stays at Minnesota.Next week the U of M will forward its report to the NCAA enforcement staff, which has the option of re-opening the investigation. The enforcement staff will eventually send a case summary to the NCAA's committee on infractions, which will decide next year if more sanctions should be leveled against the university.