The University of Minnesota probably will admit to 18 of the 21 rules violations alleged by the NCAA, including all three involving former Gopher football coach Lou Holtz, officials said Thursday.
Rick Bay, Minnesota athletic director, said the university probably will dispute three of the alleged violations, including one each involving basketball Coach Clem Haskins and football Coach John Gutekunst.
Bay said no penalties should be imposed because the violations occurred before a 1988 investigation that resulted in probation for the Gophers’ basketball team and a reprimand for the football team. Bay contends that the violations are an extension of the earlier ones, not new infractions.
Holtz, the current Notre Dame coach who coached the Gophers in 1984 and ’85, admitted earlier to two of the alleged violations, denied a third, and said he never intentionally broke a rule.
Holtz is accused of giving money to a Minnesota football player, a Minnesota recruit and an academic adviser to the football team, who in turn gave it to a player to pay his rent.