Gophers Say Guard Clark Will Play
Mar. 11, 1999
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minnesota guard Kevin Clark is expected to play in Thursday's first-round game in the NCAA tournament, despite his seizure on the team's charter plane en route to Seattle, coach Clem Haskins said Wednesday.
Haskins said Clark won't be 100 percent but he'll give ``100 percent effort.''
Coach Clem Haskins said Clark, the Golden Gophers' No. 2 scorer, received medical clearance to play against Gonzaga and went through a light practice Tuesday night.
Clark has taken medication since childhood to stave off seizures.
``He's had three really major attacks in the last 3 1/2 weeks,'' Haskins said.
Clark has been averaging 14.7 points a game.
Clark's playing status also is jeopardized by allegations published Wednesday in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press that he and three other current Golden Gophers committed academic fraud. At least 20 current and former players are accused of turning in papers, tests and other coursework prepared for them by a university employee and passing it off as their own work.
If Clark can't play, Haskins said the Gophers will start Mitch Ohnstad.