Minnesota AD resigns over ‘inappropriate texts’

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague has resigned from his position and plans to seek alcohol counseling after sending inappropriate text messages to two university employees two weeks ago. NBC KARE 11 in the Twin Cities reported Teague’s resignation and that neither of the two employees are students.

Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that university president Eric W. Kahler had accepted Teague’s resignation, effective immediately.


Teague also offered a brief written statement to KARE 11, in which he said the following.

“I had too much to drink and sent inappropriate texts…I will be seeking help for my alcohol use…and reevaluating my life and my career,” Teague read in a written statement to KARE11 News. “I take full responsibility for my actions. I want to take stock in the way I’m living my life and get professional help.”

Teague had been at Minnesota since April 2012 and had served in the same role at Virginia Commonwealth for six years. He hired Shaka Smart while at VCU, thus giving the men’s basketball program one of its best runs in team history. He set Minnesota up for the same when he hired Richard Pitino in 2013, with the Gophers winning the NIT Championship in Pitino’s first season.

President Kahler stated that Deputy AD Beth Goetz would fill Teague’s role on an interim basis for the foreseeable future. Campus Sports will update this story as any new information becomes public.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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