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MN NEWSPAPER GETS A BODY SHOT FOR STORY ON MN HOOP TEAM
Published March 11, 1999
MN Gov. Jesse Ventura criticized the St. Paul Pioneer Press yesterday for running a story on alleged academic fraud by players of the Univ. of MN men's basketball team, according to Tim Klobuchar of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Ventura: "I would like to say [it] just showed me another example of Pioneer Press sensational journalism. ... I think it's despicable in the fact that they would release a story like this apparently that has been going on for what, a year? ... And they felt the need to release this story the day before the NCAA tournament. It couldn't have waited till after?" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/11). The Pioneer Press reported Wednesday that Jan Gangelhoff, a former office manager for the university's academic counseling unit, "allegedly wrote papers and did take-home exams" for at least 20 players. University officials announced this morning four of the players will not play in today's NCAA first-round game (Mult., 3/11). Pioneer Press Editor Walker Lundy said the timing of the story was unrelated to the NCAA tournament, and he dismissed Ventura's criticism: "This is the governor who, on his first day as governor, went to the [Univ. of Minnesota] campus and spoke to a large crowd of students and said, 'Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat'" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/11).