Gangelhoff did course work for players

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jan Gangelhoff, the former University of Minnesota office manager who blew the whistle on academic fraud in the men's basketball program, died at 56.

Gangelhoff died Monday at her parents' home in Danbury, Wis., said Mary Shepherd of Dahl Funeral Home in Spooner, Wis. Shepherd said funeral home officials hadn't yet met with family members and she had no other details.

Gangelhoff's friend and attorney, James Lord, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Gangelhoff died of cancer. Lord didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press.

Gangelhoff reported in 1999 that she had done academic course work for 18 Gopher basketball players. The revelation eventually led to coach Clem Haskins and several top officials leaving the university.

She pleaded guilty to felony fraud, but her plea agreement was thrown out on technical grounds. Eventually, the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Gangelhoff.

Funeral services were planned for Friday, Lord said.