Last week, I enthused over City Pages bringing on the Minnesota Daily’s Andy Mannix for a six-month gig. Thursday, Mannix’s byline was on an fascinating Minnesota Daily investigation into the perennially powerful Gopher wrestling program.
While there’s no Jan Ganglehoff here, Mannix discovered Gopher wrestlers buying up millions of dollars of property around the U, re-selling it to program members, possibly in violation of NCAA rules. That depends on whether team members received “extra benefits”; despite one athlete’s statement that real estate came up in the recruiting process, and a program-clearing U internal investigation two years ago, this reader left unclear about violations.
But even short of a hanging offense, the Daily story is great and entertaining enterprise journalism, full of wonderful details like “entrepreneurial” coach/landlord J Robinson’s efforts to hire an armored car and a map of the wrestlers’ real estate empire.