Site: U of M 4th most corrupt sports program

Better days now

You can thank Clem Haskins for this one.

The University of Minnesota‘s has made Associates Degree’s list of 10 Most Corrupt College Athletic Programs in recent history.

It’s ranked the fourth most corrupt in the country, behind the programs of Arizona State, Southern Methodist University and Auburn — but ahead of Wisconsin’s (#8).

The Web site calls the pack, which it ranked according to number of major NCAA rules infractions: “the most notorious repeat offenders, the blatant cheaters who always seem to have NCAA investigators breathing down their necks. This is where the phrase ‘lack of institutional control’ becomes redundant.”

That said, it bases its U of M rankings on the Haskins era — most of it in the 1990s.

You decide whether it’s fair.

Here’s what the site had to say about the U, which had seven major infractions:

During his 13-year stint as Minnesota’s head basketball coach, Clem Haskins oversaw runs to the Elite Eight, Final Four and NIT Championship. Today, however, only the Elite Eight appearance remains in the NCAA record books, as everything Haskins accomplished from 1993-1994 forward was vacated. Prior to the Golden Gophers’ appearance in the 1999 NCAA tournament, a former basketball office manager revealed that she had written more than 400 papers for numerous basketball players over several years. Haskins’ contract was bought out over the summer and he later admitted to paying her $3,000 for her work. As the NCAA investigation unfolded, he was accused of paying players, persuading professors to inflate players’ grades and ignoring sexual harassment concerns. The NCAA administered massive sanctions, notably docking five scholarships over three seasons and instituting recruiting limitations. The entire athletic department suffered, as athletic director, associate athletic director, vice president for student development and athletics and academic counselor were all forced to resign due to the scandal.