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ST. PAUL _ As the airplane engines hummed, the intrigue began.
It was March 9, and the University of Minnesota men's basketball team was waiting for its charter flight from the Twin Cities to an opening-round NCAA tournament game in Seattle. Men's athletic director Mark Dienhart approached Coach Clem Haskins and Alonzo Newby, the team's academic counselor, about allegations of academic fraud involving players.
Haskins and Newby both denied knowledge of any misconduct.
That was a lie, according to two law firms later hired by the university to investigate.
In a damaging new revelation, investigators recounted Haskins' actions before and after the Pioneer Press broke the story that detailed Jan Gangelhoff's five years of doing schoolwork for players.
The next morning, several athletic department officials prepared to question the four players then on the team who were named in the story: Kevin Clark, Miles Tarver, Antoine Broxsie and Jason Stanford. Three of the four players later told investigators that Haskins coached them on their answers. The players' names all are deleted from the …