Clem Haskins agreed yesterday to a $1.5 million buyout of his contract with Minnesota, even though university investigators have found no evidence implicating the basketball coach in an academic fraud scandal.

University President Mark Yudof said it is "extremely likely" that fraud did occur and said a change was necessary to restore confidence in the university.

Haskins will step down June 30, three years before his contract was to expire.

ARRAIGNMENT: Two former starters from Weber State's Big Sky championship basketball team have been arrested and booked into the Weber County Jail under suspicion of rape. Damien Baskerville, 21, and Noel Jackson, 23, were being held on $20,000 bail.

WORLD TEAM: A dozen players were chosen for the USA Basketball men's team for next month's World University Games: Duke's Chris Carrawell, U-Conn.'s Kevin Freeman, Ohio State's Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd, Cincinnati's Pete Mickeal and Kenyon Martin, Erick Barkley of St. John's, UNC's Brendan Haywood, Stanford's Mark Madsen, Illinois' Cory Bradford, Texas's Chris Mihm and Gonzaga's Matt Santangelo. Dayton's Oliver Purnell is head coach.

ALSO: The NCAA yesterday denied an appeal by Louisville's Alex Sanders for an extension of his eligibility, ending his college career. . . . Nebraska hired Larry Gay, who once was investigated for recruiting violations at Louisville, as an assistant basketball coach. . . . Xavier men's basketball coach Skip Prosser signed a three-year contract extension.