Four people lost their jobs after Minnesota's report on academic fraud was released, but ex-basketball coach Clem Haskins, who was let go in June, is the only former university employee who is $1.5 million richer.
It is unlikely the university will recover the money from Haskins, even though the report accused him of breaking academic and other rules over many years to keep his players eligible.
Haskins was given a $1,500,537 lump sum payment to cover the final three years of his contract in June. He also was to receive pension benefits, moving expenses and four season tickets to Gophers games for three years. In return, he agreed to cooperate with investigators.
School President Mark Yudof was asked several times Friday whether it was possible to rescind the buyout now that the university believes Haskins broke regulations forbidding academic fraud and improper payments to players. Yudof responded it was unlikely, but said university lawyers would look into it.
"In general, once a contract is signed, it's a contract, and it's not very easy to recover money," said Ellen Sampson, an employment lawyer and expert on contract disputes. ". . . If I were Mr. Haskins, I would not be expecting to repay."
Vikings' Hoard Arrested
Minnesota Vikings running back Leroy Hoard was arrested outside a Miami Beach nightclub early yesterday and charged with possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct, police said.
Police said they found what they believe to be the drug ecstasy in Hoard's pocket when they were arresting him on disorderly conduct charges following a fight with his girlfriend.
The cream-colored pills had a marijuana leaf stamped on one side, according to Miami Beach Police Lt. Robert Dorigo.
An off-duty officer working at Club Zen heard Hoard arguing with his girlfriend. He called in other officers when the fight became physical.
The officers arrested Hoard after he refused to calm down.
Woods Surges Again
The chances of catching Tiger Woods in the final round of the World Cup are as slim as him missing a two-foot putt. After all, he has won 12 times in a row in tournaments in which he was leading after 54 holes.
Leading by five shots at 15 under going into today's final round, Woods said he has gotten accustomed to the World Cup course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That's not good for Spain, which trails the U.S. team of Woods and Mark O'Meara by seven shots.
Woods expanded his lead by shooting a course record-tying 63 yesterday, finishing with birdie-birdie-eagle-par, and was at 198. Woods's 63 combined with O'Meara's 67 brought the Americans from one shot behind Spain to seven ahead--23-under 403 to 410.
Although this is a team competition, there is a $100,000 prize for the best individual score. If Woods wins that, it would be his fifth triumph in his last six tournaments and ninth in 13. . . .
Jim Thorpe, coming off a successful rookie season on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 7-under-par 65 to take the lead in the Pebble Beach (Calif.) Invitational Pro-Am.
Thorpe had six birdies on the back nine of the Del Monte course en route to a 54-hole total of 5-under 211.
World Champions Win
World champions Maria Butyrskaya and Alexei Yagudin won their events at the Lalique Trophy competition while the French couple Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis took the pairs title in Paris.
In the women's event, the judges' first-place votes were spread among Butyrskaya, runner-up Victoria Volchkova, her Russian teammate and American Sarah Hughes, who finished third. The top three women each hit five triple jumps during their programs.
Yagudin won the men's event easily with his best long program of the season. The two-time world and European champion did six triple jumps and a quadruple toe loop.
Michael Weiss of Fairfax dropped from second to fifth, falling twice and faltering on two other jumps. He scored marks as low as 5.1 for technical merit.