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New Minnesota AD Norwood Teague Says He Is The Answer To School's Recent Struggles
Published April 24, 2012
GIVE HIM A CHANCE: In St. Paul, Ben Goessling notes Teague will be “asked to inject cash into an athletics department facing key decisions about its facilities.” Men's basketball coach Tubby Smith “has made no secret of his desire for an on-campus practice facility and said again Monday he is hopeful Teague can help make it happen.” Teague also “could have to chart the future of 84-year-old Williams Arena, which is easily the Big Ten's oldest basketball arena” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/24). In Minneapolis, Chip Scoggins writes Kaler acknowledging that Teague’s previous tenure as AD did not include a football team was a move “designed to ease fan anxiety and concerns -- and perhaps even outrage -- over the fact.” Scoggins: “There’s nothing wrong with a little skepticism, and the lack of football administration to Teague's resume cannot be ignored.” A track record in anything “is ideal, but the absence of one doesn’t automatically disqualify someone from implementing a vision and game plan that gets desired results.” Scoggins asks, “Doesn’t Teague at least deserve a chance to prove that?” The Gophers need Teague “to raise money and bring new energy to the department.” They need a “new strategic plan for fundraising and some fresh ideas that generate additional revenue sources” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/24).
I'LL DRINK TO THAT: In Minneapolis, Rachel Stassen-Berger notes the state Legislature has “overwhelmingly approved letting University of Minnesota football fans drink alcohol at TCF Bank Stadium.” Gov. Mark Dayton said that he will “sign the measure that passed the House Monday and the Senate last week.” Alcohol has been “banned at the new stadium since it opened because lawmakers objected to the university's plan to allow drinking only in the arena's expensive suites.” The new plan, a “compromise that passed the House on a 115-13 vote and the Senate 55-3, allows beer for all in special tents during college football games through halftime” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/24).