Final report issued

by Josh Linehan

After a nine-month, $1.5 million investigation into allegations of academic fraud, the full report will be released and University President Mark Yudof will outline his action plan today.
Yudof, who has already suspended the men’s basketball team from postseason play, is expected to announce further sanctions, including structural changes that might leave McKinley Boston, vice president of student development and athletics, and men’s athletics director Mark Dienhart unemployed.
The report and accompanying exhibits, totaling at least 2,500 pages with testimony from more than 150 people, will be made public at a 2 p.m. press conference in the Basic Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Building.
Men’s coaches and athletes plan to meet outside Morrill Hall this morning to visually show support for Dienhart. Wrestling coach J Robinson said he will appear, but said the activity is optional for the athletes.
Yudof also received a letter Oct. 29 in support for Dienhart — as well as Jeff Schemmel, senior associate director, and NCCA compliance officer Chris Schoemann — signed by every coach in the men’s athletic department. The letter did not mention Boston.
The steering committee of the Twin Cities Assembly, a student-faculty governing body, unanimously recommended eliminating Boston’s position Nov. 12, as well as strictly regulating conversations between coaches and faculty. The recommendations were subsequently passed on to Yudof.
Racial tensions surround the possibility of Boston leaving the University. Since the investigation began, Clem Haskins, Alonzo Newby and Rufus Simmons have all left under duress; all three are black.
The Board of Regents met Thursday behind closed doors to discuss the investigation but declined to comment until after the report is made public.
The investigation began in March after former tutor Jan Gangelhoff said she wrote more than 400 papers between 1993 and 1998 for members of the Gophers men’s basketball team.
The investigation was expanded in May to delve into allegations University men’s athletics officials improperly intervened in sexual-misconduct cases.
The Minnesota Daily will offer updated online coverage of breaking news throughout the day, including the full text of the report’s conclusion. Also, a Daily Extra edition will be distributed Saturday morning.

— Staff Reporter Thomas Douty contributed to this report.

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