The unfortunate saga of former Minnesota and VCU AD Norwood Teague continues today, and in a manner that could bring even more negative publicity to both schools. Per Brandon Stahl of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, complaints against Teague date back as far as 2012 and Minnesota and VCU both paid approximately $300,000 in settlements regarding accusations of gender discrimination aimed at the former AD.
The timing could not be worse for either school, as Minnesota is currently under federal investigation for its compliance with Title IX, the law that essentially outlaws gender discrimination in any federally funded program or entity.
The allegations against Teague go back to 2012, shortly before he left VCU for Minnesota. Former Rams women’s basketball coach Beth Cunningham sued the university for gender discrimination, but then left to take on an assistant’s job with Notre Dame despite being the winningest coach in the history of the school’s women’s basketball program. The case was eventually settled for $125,000.
Fast forward to the next year, and a woman named Regina Sullivan filed a federal lawsuit against Minnesota because, apparently, Teague fired her from her position as an associate AD after she openly questioned his commitment to Title IX. That case was settled last year for $175,000 and last Friday, Teague resigned from his position after it was discovered he had sent inappropriate texts to two university employees, both of whom were women. Yesterday, it was uncovered that he had also sexually harassed Amelia Rayno, a writer for the Star-Tribune.
Needless to say, with these new bits of history surfacing, it’s looking like a pretty safe bet that Teague will never work in the world of college athletics again, and rightfully so. There is no room for his dated views and inappropriate behavior, and all that people can really hope for is that this is the last piece of unfortunate news to come from this story.
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