CLEM HASKINSGame 336 | May 29, 1986 | Clem Haskins
Inheriting a team that lost its final eight games and was short on scholarships after a combination of expulsions and defections, Haskins left Western Kentucky to coach Gopher basketball. His first-year team won only two Big Ten games and finished with a record of 9-19. Terence Woods and Kelvin Smith were the leading scorers, but a freshman forward named Willie Burton showed signs of becoming both a strong scorer and a team leader.
Game 351 | October 21, 1987 | Clem Haskins
It was a slow build back for the Gopher basketball team under Haskins. His second year was a modest improvement from his first with the team going 10-18 while finishing ninth in the Big Ten. Willie Burton, Melvin Newbern, Richard Coffee and Jim Shikenjanski were joined by freshman Kevin Lynch on a team that was starting to show signs of future success.
Game 366 | November 15, 1988 | Clem Haskins, Doug Woog
The Gopher basketball team made a major improvement, finishing fifth in the Big Ten in Haskins' third season. Led by Willie Burton, Melvin Newbern and Kevin Lynch, the team won its first two rounds in NCAA post-season play before losing to Duke 87-70 in the Eastern Regionals. Woog's hockey Gophers, led by Tom Chorske, Robb Stauber and Dave Snuggerud, finished with a 34-11-3 record, winning the WCHA and losing in overtime to Harvard in the Frozen Four final in St. Paul.
Game 378 | November 8, 1989 | Clem Haskins, Doug Woog
Haskins put together one of his best teams in 1989. With all five starters back and freshman Walter Bond on the bench, the Gophers went 23-9 and lost 93-91 to Georgia Tech in a game that would have sent them into the Final Four. Woog's hockey Gophers, led by Peter Hankinson, Scott Bloom and Ken Gernander, finished second in the WCHA and lost to Boston College in the NCAA quarterfinals in Boston.
Game 394 | October 16, 1990 | Clem Haskins, Doug Woog
With only Bloomington native Kevin Lynch as a returning starter, Haskins' Gopher basketball team struggled to a 12-16 record and ninth-place finish in 1990-91. Woog's hockey Gophers finished 30-10-5, losing to Maine in the NCAA playoffs. Tom Newman and Jeff Stolp alternated at goaltender, and Larry Olimb, Grant Bischof and Trent Klatt led the team in scoring.
Game 414 | November 6, 1991 | Clem Haskins, Doug Woog
Gopher basketball performance improved this season with the arrival of Vashon Lenard and Arriel McDonald as starting guards. The team finished 16-16 and improved from ninth to sixth in the Big Ten. Woog's high-scoring team was led by Larry Olimb, Trent Klatt, Craig Johnson, Darby Hendrickson and Travis Richards. They finished tied for first in the WCHA with a 26-6 record. They lost to Lake Superior State in the NCAA West Regional.
Game 434 | November 9, 1992 | Clem Haskins, Doug Woog
With a more veteran team at his command, Haskins' Gopher basketball team improved by six games and qualified for post-season play in the National Invitational Tournament. Led by Vashon Lenard, Arriel McDonald and Randy Carter, the team won the NIT, beating Providence and Georgetown at Madison Square Garden. Woog's hockey Gophers won the WCHA Playoffs before losing to Maine in the NCAA East Regionals. Craig Johnson, Jeff Nielson and Travis Richard led the team in scoring with Tom Newman and Jeff Callinen sharing time in the nets.
Game 450 | October 12, 1993 | Arriel McDonald, Clem Haskins, Doug Woog
The Gopher hockey team had another outstanding season in 1993-94. Behind the scoring of Jeff Nielson and Brian Bonin, they won the WCHA Playoffs and made it into the Frozen Four, losing 4-1 to Boston University in first-round action in St. Paul. McDonald and Voshon Lenard were the senior guards on the team that lost to Louisville in the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament. All results from the season were voided by the NCAA as part of its sanctions against the Haskins-led program.
Game 469 | October 25, 1994 | Clem Haskins, Doug Woog, Chad Kolander, Townsend Orr
In Haskins' ninth season the team again made it to the NCAA Tournament, losing to St. Louis in the first round of East Regionals. Kolander started at forward and Orr at guard, but the season results were all washed out as part of NCAA penalties. Woog's hockey Gophers, led by Brian Bonis, Ryan Kraft and Dan Trebil, again advanced to the Frozen Four, losing 7-3 to Boston University at Providence, R.I.
Game 473 | March 6, 1995 | Clem Haskins
With Big Ten games remaining against Purdue and Penn State, Coach Haskins talked about the possibility of his team's being selected for post-season play. The team was picked, but bowed out in their first game, a loss to St. Louis University.
Game 489 | November 7, 1995 | Clem Haskins
The team that was a season away from making the Final Four was starting to take shape with all fiVe starters in place. Courtney James and Sam Jacobson shared the forward spots, John Thomas was at center; and Eric Harris and Bobby Jackson played guard. The team defeated St. Louis in the first round of NIT play before a disappointing home loss to Tulane.
Game 521 | November 5, 1997 | Clem Haskins, Sam Jacobson, Eric Harris
It was the best season in Gopher basketball history with Minnesota finishing regular-season play with a 27-3 record, good enough to emerge as the number one seed in the Western Region of the NCAA field of 64. The team, with a starting lineup featuring Jacobson, Harris, Bobby Jackson, John Thomas and Courtney James, with strong bench play from Quincy Lewis and Miles Tarver, defeated SW Texas State, Temple, Clemson and UCLA before losing to Kentucky in the Final Four in Indianapolis. Haskins was named AP Coach of the Year, but all the records were wiped out in a subsequent investigation of the program.
Game 541 | November 18, 1998 | Clem Haskins
In what turned out to be his 13th and final season as Gopher basketball coach, a scandal broke in the St. Paul Pioneer Press as the team prepared to take on Gonzaga in NCAA post-season play. By the time the investigation was over, Minnesota had lost five scholarships, had nine years of records nullified and went on probation for four years in what the NCAA termed the most serious violations it had seen in the last 20 years. Haskins, once described the most popular man in Minnesota, never again coached college basketball after moving back to his Kentucky farm.
Game 664 | October 11, 2005 | Dwane Casey, Clem Haskins
With Kevin McHale returning to the front office, Casey took over as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. A veteran NBA assistant who played his college ball at Kentucky, Casey had a long friendship with former Gopher Coach Haskins, who was making his first Dunkers appearance since being dismissed as Gopher coach. Haskins said he deeply regretted the way things ended in Minnesota, but that he greatly enjoyed his years here. Casey built a record of 53-69 over the next year and a half and was fired in favor of Randy Wittman midway through the 2006 season.
Wikipedia: Clem Haskins
RETURN TO: SPEAKERS LIST