Haskins appeals coaching ban imposed by NCAA

Todd Milbourn

Clem Haskins has appealed the NCAA ruling barring him from coaching until 2007 without special approval, said Haskins’ attorney Ron Zamansky on Tuesday.
“Coach Haskins is not in agreement with the final determination (of the NCAA),” Zamansky said.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions ruled in October that Haskins was “knowledgeable about and complicit” in an academic fraud scandal within the men’s basketball department.
The NCAA banned the former coach from working in an athletics-related position at a member school for seven years unless that school could “show cause” before the Committee on Infractions that Haskins should be hired.
Haskins has continually denied any wrongdoing since the cheating was first reported in March 1999.
Zamansky said the appeal was filed a couple weeks ago and that the NCAA has acknowledged the objection.
NCAA officials could not be reached Tuesday.
The Oct. 24 NCAA report cites Haskins’ acknowledgement of writing a $3,000 check to former tutor Jan Gangelhoff as “the most telling evidence that the head coach knew of the academic fraud.”
Haskins said in a November 1999 statement that “any characterization or conclusion that I knew or was aware of academic fraud, participated in payments to University of Minnesota basketball players or Jan Gangelhoff … is completely false, wrong and outrageous.”
Zamansky said that Haskins stands behind that statement.
In an Oct. 24 response to the NCAA report, Zamansky indicated that Haskins would like to return to college athletics.
“Coach Haskins looks forward to the day when he will be able to coach again at an NCAA institution,” Zamansky said. “He loves to coach and misses it very much.”

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