1-On-1 Interview With New ‘U’ Athletic Director


INTEREST WHO MIGHT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. THEY DON’T THINK THIS WAS A RANDOM CRIME. WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT NORWOOD TEAGUE’S TIME AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. HE ABRUPTLY RESIGNED FOLLOWING CLAIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT. HE WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO LOOK AT HIS LIFE AND ALCOHOL ISSUES HE SAID. HERE ARE THE EXPENSE REPORTS. THEY SHOW GOLF OUTING FOR MORE THAN $700 DINNERS WITH MORE THAN THREE BOTTLES OF WINE, A $300 HOTEL ROOM STAY. SOMETIMES MONEY WAS USED TO ENTERTAIN DONORS AND OTHER TIMES HE USED IT TO PAY AND ENTERTAIN CONSULTANTS. THE UNIVERSITY ALCOHOL POLICY SAYS ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED AT CERTAIN TIMES, BUT CANNOT JEOPARDIZE THE SCHOOL’S REPUTATION. SHE SPOKE ABOUT HER PLAN TO MOVE PAST THE SCANDAL. BEING PROACTIVE AND WORKING FROM A PLACE OF EDUCATION AS WELL AS MAKING SURE THERE IS AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE TO COME FORWARD AND EXPRESS ANY CONCERNS THEY HAVE. THEY NAMED HER INTERIM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR ON FRIDAY. SHE SAT DOWN TO TALK ABOUT THE CULTURE OF THE ATHLETIC PARTNER UNDER TEAGUE AND WHAT SHE NEEDS TO DO MOVING FORWARD NOW. THESE ARE NOT THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH SHE WANTED TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE GOPHER’S DEPARTMENT BUT NOW IT IS HER TIME TO NAVIGATE IT THROUGH ALL THIS AND EMERGES OKAY TO THE OTHER END. YOU HAVE WORKED HERE A FEW YEARS AND BEEN IN THIS ENVIRONMENT. IS THERE A LARGER CULTURAL ISSUE IN THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ABOUT WOMEN AND THE WAY THEY ARE TREATED OR NOW THAT NORWOOD IS GONE, IS THAT PROBLEM TAKEN CARE OF? YEAH. I CAN TELL YOU I’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED AND NOR HAVE I HEARD OTHERS EXPERIENCE IT. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THERE IS NO SITUATION IN WHICH I WOULD TOLERATE THAT BEHAVIOR. THERE ARE MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT UNDER NORWOOD TEAGUE, MOST PRESSING WHETHER ANYONE ELSE NEW ABOUT HIS BEHAVIOR TOWARD WOMEN AND SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION YESTERDAY THAT WILL LOOK INTO THAT A MORNING OTHER THINGS. IN THE MEANTIME IT IS NOW BETH’S JOB TO STEER IT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THEY WON’T FIND ANYTHING THERE, BUT RECOMMENDATION ABOUT WAYS WE CAN DO THINGS BETTER, TAKING A LOOK AT OUR POLICIES, YOU KNOW, WE WELCOME THAT INFORMATION. YOU IMPLEMENT ANY SPECIFIC CHANGES RIGHT OFF THE TOP HERE AS YOU TAKE OVER? AS THIS ISSUE HAS A RISEN, WE WILL TALK ABOUT THOSE THINGS SO THERE WILL BE SOME THINGS WE WILL DO IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS THAT WILL SPEAK SPECIFICALLY TO THAT. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU? THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR STUDENT ATHLETES, COACHES AND COMMUNITY AND WE’RE READY TO MOVE FORWARD. SHE WAS A COLLEGE SOCCER PLAYER AND THEN COACHED BEFORE EMBARKING ON AN AD MINISTRATIVE CAREER. WHEN I ASKED IF SHE WANTED TO BE THE CANDIDATE, SHE SAID THAT RIGHT NOW IS THE FURTHEST THING ON HER MIND. ANY SPECIFIC CHANGES SHE WILL MAKE ARE STILL IN THE DISCUSSION STAGE RIGHT NOW. SHE WILL USE SOME INPUT FROM THAT ON GOING INVESTIGATION AND WE’LL HAVE THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW POSTED.

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