MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Jan Gangelhoff, who admitted doing coursework for men's basketball players at the University of Minnesota, is recovering from emergency heart bypass surgery.
Gangelhoff, 51, underwent quadruple bypass surgery late Wednesday night at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after complaining of severe chest pains.
Her sister, Joanne Carpenter, said the surgery probably saved her from having a heart attack.
Gangelhoff, a former office manager in the university's academic counseling unit, was the chief accuser in a Saint Paul Pioneer Press report on March 10, 1999, that detailed academic misconduct in the men's basketball program.
The school's independent investigative report later confirmed that Gangelhoff helped 18 players cheat from 1993 to 1998.
She now works as payroll manager at a casino in her hometown and occasionally at a convenience store. She lives with her daughter and granddaughter in Danbury, Wis.
The Justice Department is investigating the academic cheating scandal, and the NCAA's infractions committee is expected to hold a hearing later this year. Following the hearing, the committee will determine additional penalties, if any. The university already has imposed some sanctions on itself.
Former coach Clem Haskins accepted a $1.5 million contract buyout in July after a university investigation revealed widespread academic cheating in the program. A university report in November concluded Haskins knew of the fraud, lied to investigators and told his players to lie after the wrongdoing was exposed.
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