Minnesota AD resigns amidst scandal
Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague announced his resignation today amidst reports that he sent inappropriate texts to non-student school employees.
Teague delivered his resignation to university president Eric Kaler, who sent a release to the school’s employees this morning.
Here’s the letter, according to the Star-Tribune’s Dennis McGrath, that was sent today:
“I wanted you to be among the first to know that I have accepted the resignation of Gopher Athletics Director Norwood Teague, effective immediately.
|Norwood’s resignation follows the report of two recent incidents of sexual harassment of two non-student University employees. I will deliver additional comments at a 12:15 p.m. press conference today. Those will be available at discover.umn.edu at that time.|
To be clear, sexual harassment will not be tolerated at the University of Minnesota and I sincerely regret that our employees experienced this behavior. The University has an explicit policy and a strong code of conduct that articulates our standards. Ensuring a healthy learning, working and living environment for all in our University community is very important.
My focus is to ensure the wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and visitors across the University system. I am also working closely with Gopher Athletics to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Beth Goetz, deputy athletics director and senior woman administrator, has agreed to step in as interim athletics director. I have great confidence in our athletics program, its current direction and its recent successes. We will have more information about the next steps for Gopher Athletics within the next couple weeks. Thank you in advance for your patience and continued support for Gopher Athletics during this time.”
KARE11 in Minneapolis also got an exclusive video of Teague confirming his resignation.
According to ESPN’s Brian Bennett, the incident stemmed from an alcohol-induced occurrence.
Norwood Teague told a local TV reporter: “I had too much to drink and sent inappropriate texts. I will be seeking help for my alcohol use."
— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) August 7, 2015
More will be updated on this story following the 12:15 p.m. press conference.