Former Basketball Player Says He Got Money from Coach Haskins

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Former Basketball Player Says He Got Money from Coach Haskins


MINNEAPOLIS -- A former University of Minnesota basketball player who was kicked off the team says coach Clem Haskins gave him cash on several occasions while he was still playing.

Russ Archambault, who played for Minnesota during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons before being dismissed by Haskins, said in a Star Tribune report last month that the alleged payments usually totaled $200 to $300, often in $100 bills. He said he believes he received seven to nine payments.

A payment allegedly made in 1997 was confirmed in part by his former tutor, Jeanne Payer, who said she drove Archambault to a Twin Cities mall to buy gifts for his mother after he received it.

"He was just so surprised that coach would do that, pull him aside and say, `Don't tell anybody else,'" Payer says. "It struck him that that was so nice, and he must be special."

The alleged payments, along with a new claim by Payer that she wrote more than 50 academic papers for men's basketball players, widens the scope of allegations of academic fraud against the basketball program (see Black Issues, April 1, 1999). …

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