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bad sign for
Sunday marked yet another sad
and discouragmg sign that the world of
college athletics is going straight to
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
reported further violations involving
the Minnesota men’s basketball team,
beyond original accusations that a
tutor. Jan Gangelhoff, did the work for
up to 20 athletes over 15 years.
This time, a former player - a play
er that was thrown off the team -
alleges that UM’s coach, Clem
Haskins, gave him money to buy
Christmas gifts for his mother. It is the
cardinal sin of NCAA rule violations.
Furthermore, the sister of
Gangelhoff Jeanne Payer, confessed
that she, too, helped athletes with term
papers and assignments while an acad
emic tutor. She provided the Star
Tribune with a disk - a disk! - con
taining sample term papers on it.
This is bad. Not only for the
Golden Gophers, but for the rest of
college athletics, because it proves one
thing: People are walling to cheat to
keep athletes in school.
Consider Payer’s comments in
Sunday's Star-Tribune: “As far as the
typing of the papers or helping (the
players) reason, think, I thought that
was part of my job."
nei comments iegaruing /vionzo
Newby, the academic counselor in
charge of the men's basketball team: “I
feel sorry for Alonzo. He’s our friend.
He was overwhelmed. This thing
evolved out of friendship. Sometimes,
he’d be drowning in work.”
Such is an academic department
that, like Nebraska, instead of being
its own entity, falls under the athletic
department. As it falls under the athlet
ic department, these tutors and coun
selors have one goal: to keep players
eligible by any means necessary so
they can generate dollars and pride for
Imagine the pressure these people
are under. If an athlete slips behind, at
least at UM, it's the tutor's fault. They
can lose their job. Under those circum
stances, who isn’t going to write those
Don’t tell me athletic departments
don’t care whether an athlete is eligi
ble. If a tutor or a counselor were to
suggest to a respective coach that an
athlete sit out a year to catch up on
studies, what do you think the
response would be? Not a good one.
The responsibility of academic
tutors should have nothing to do with
athletic departments. Athletic depart
ment should not be allowed to hire
them. Including NU. They should not
be able to monitor them. They should
not be able to pay them, or coerce them
or pressure them. It only corrupts the
system and hurts the athletes.
And it sets up the atmosphere for
what happened at UM. It could, and
probably does, occur in a lot of places.
Sam McKewon is a junior
news-editorial and political sci
ence major and a Daily
Nebraskan senior editor.
Huskers notch 15th at NCAAs
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REDSHIRT FRESHMAN BRAD SNYDER finished fourth at the NCAA Championships last weekend. Snyder, along with NU sophomore Brad Vering, had
the highest finishes for Nebraska.
Snyder, Vering get
fourth in meet,
DeAnda is eighth
From staff reports
The Nebraska wrestling team came out of the
NCAA championships in State College, Pa., in
15th place with 37 points and three wrestlers
earning All-American status.
Fifth-year senior Jose DeAnda, sophomore
Brad Vering and freshman Bryan Snyder earned
the honors for NU.
Snyder earned a fourth-place finish after los
ing to fourth-seeded Larry Quisel of Boise State
8-2 in the consolation final Saturday. Snyder’s
was the second-highest finish at the national
champions for a freshman in NU history. He is
the third freshman in school history to pick up
All-American honors. Snyder finished the sea
son at 32-5.
NU Coach Tim Neumann said Snyder per
formed the best he could in the meet and ran into
a buzzsaw in Quisel, who lost his first match of
the meet and won eight straight matches from
“Bryan got caught in his final match.”
Neumann said. “Quisel was on a quest. Nothing
that happened could diminish what Bryan
Vering finally fell to No. 3 seed West
Virginia’s Vertus Jones in the 184-pound weight
class. The loss in the consolation final went into
the third period when Jones gained 9 quick
points and the victory.
“I came in here to win this tournament and
thought I had a legitimate chance to do it, but it
didn’t happen,” Vering said.
DeAnda finished eighth in the 141-pound
weight class after losing to No. 5 seed Damian
Logan of Michigan. In his first NCAA appear
ance, DeAnda picked up his All-American hon
ors and finished his senior season at NU 18-9.
“I don't think there’s ever been an All
American at Nebraska that deserves it more than
Jose does,” Neumann said. “He’s worked five
years for this chance - this weekend. It was an
emotional thing for all of us.”
At the 149-pound weight class, Joe Henson
finished 1-2 in the tournament and 20-11 overall
after losing in a second-round consolation
Please see WRESTLERS on 11
NU women fall out of Big Dance in L. A.
By Jay Saunders
The Nebraska women’s basketball
team received a spring break vacation
to Los Angeles courtesy of the NCAA
Tournament Selection Committee.
But the Comhuskers, the 11th seed
in the West Region, didn’t enjoy the
California sun for long, as they lost to
No. 6 seed Kentucky 98-92 in the first
round of the NCAA tournament.
The high-scoring affair was led by
the Huskers for nearly 37 minutes.
Junior Nicole Kubik again paced
Nebraska on offense with a game
high 32 points. The scoring onslaught
was Kubik’s 10th consecutive game
scoring in double figures.
Kubik was joined in double-digit
scoring by juniors Brooke Schwartz
and Charlie Rogers*
/ Schwartz had 11 points, five
rebounds and a game-high five steals.
Rogers chipped in 10 points.
The Huskers had several double
digit leads, but Nebraska (21-12) was
not on top when it counted. A pair of
Rubik free throws with one minute
and 55 seconds left in the game gave
the Huskers an 87-86 lead.
The score remained that way until
UK’s Kaye Barnes hit a layup with
1:27 remaining. Barnes finished the
game with 15 points and a game-high
Barnes was just one of six
Kentucky players who scored in dou
ble figures, led by point guard Erica
Jackson. All of Jackson’s 18 points
came in the second half.
The 92-point performance was
Nebraska’s third-highest offensive
output of the season. Those 92 points
would have won every one of the
...The same thing that kept us from winning
games during the regular season happened
to us tonight.”
NU women’s basketball coach
Huskers’ games prior to the NCAA
The Wildcats were able to do
something no other team was able to
accomplish this season: score 90 or
more points. The 98-point perfor
mance was the most points allowed by
a Husker team since 1993.
UK scored 64 points in the second
half, which was a tournament record
for points scored in a half of a first
The Huskers also lost the battle of
the boards. Kentucky had a 37-31
rebounding edge, which NU Coach
Paul Sanderford said made a differ
“We rebounded fairly well in the
first half,” Sanderford said. “But the
same thing that kept us from winning
games during the regular season hap
pened to us tonight. We ended up los
ing the rebound battle by six.”
Kentucky advanced to the second
round, where it was defeated 87-63 by
No. 3-seeded UCLA.
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