Clem Haskins, at the center of allegations of academic fraud at Minnesota, has agreed to quit after 13 seasons as men's basketball coach, according to reports.
"I talked to Clem today and he believes that the president [Mark Yudof] would feel more comfortable if the program continued on under other leadership," Athletic Director Mark Dienhart told WCCO radio yesterday.
The Saint Paul Pioneer Press reported that Haskins has agreed to quit amid allegations of academic fraud and other improprieties in the basketball program.
In a story for today's editions, the newspaper said the details of Haskins's departure were still being negotiated last night. But it said the main framework of the deal, which calls for Haskins to receive a buyout of more than $1 million, was finalized earlier yesterday.
Neither Haskins nor his attorney would comment.
Jagr Voted MVP
Jaromir Jagr won the NHL's most valuable player award and Wayne Gretzky added to his trophy collection at the league's annual awards banquet.
Jagr, the league scoring champion with 127 points, including 44 goals, edged out Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek and Ottawa Senators center Alexei Yashin in voting by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association for the Hart Memorial Trophy. Earlier, Jagr was named MVP in balloting by the players, receiving the Lester B. Pearson award. The 27-year-old Czech forward also received his third Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's scoring champion.
Other award winners included Gretzky receiving the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL's most gentlemanly player for the fifth time; Al MacInnis of the St. Louis Blues won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as best defenseman in a landslide; Hasek won the Vezina Trophy as top goalie in the eyes of the league's general managers for the third straight year and fifth time in six years; Jacques Martin of the Ottawa Senators won coach of the year honors, besting Toronto's Pat Quinn and Dallas's Ken Hitchcock; Chris Drury of the Colorado Avalanche was an overwhelming pick for the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie; and Jere Lehtinen of the Stars won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as top defensive forward for the second year in a row. . . . Former Detroit Red Wings coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Tommy Ivan died of a kidney ailment. He was 88. Ivan led the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup championships--in 1950, 1952 and 1954--and is tied with Scotty Bowman for third-most wins in franchise history.
The Forum, which loses its two major tenants when the NBA's Lakers and NHL's Kings move to Staples Center this fall, has been sold to the owners of the new downtown Los Angeles arena.
The L.A. Arena Co., a partnership that includes majority owner Philip Anschutz and the Fox Group, will manage and operate the Forum, in suburban Inglewood, upon completion of the sale, expected July 31. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Track and Field
The Naked Truth
Female track and field athletes, hoping to project a new and different image for the sport, have posed for a calendar for the year 2000. They are photographed in black and white wearing body paint, wings and, in one case, a pair of strategically placed discuses.
"It's very tasteful nudes," said high jumper Amy Acuff, the creator of the project. "It's artistic and creative. I've heard only positive feedback so far, especially through the track and field community."
The calendars go on sale this weekend at the U.S. outdoor championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. They cost $16, with half the money going to the athletes and the other half to the Florence Griffith Joyner Community Empowerment Foundation, which benefits disadvantaged children.
Va. Tech Ponders
Virginia Tech is evaluating the conditions of a Big East Conference proposal offering full membership in the league.
"We are confident a positive outcome will emerge," Athletic Director Jim Weaver said in a news release, but he added that he is unsure whether the Hokies will become full members in 2000 or 2001.
Virginia Tech is a member of the Big East for football only; the school competes in all other sports except wrestling in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
CAPTION: Clem Haskins, shown at '97 Final Four, reportedly will step down as basketball coach at Minnesota.
CAPTION: Jaromir Jagr and his mother, Anna, inspect Lester Pearson Trophy, awarded by NHL Players Association.