Minnesota HC Richard Pitino overspent private plane allowance

Norwood Teague resigned from his position as athletic director at Minnesota last fall after he was accused of sexually harassing a number of women. Now, it looks like he could be in even more trouble after it was reported that he allowed head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino to overspend the team’s private plane allowance over the last two years.

The Star Tribune in Minnesota reported that Pitino overspent his $50,000 allowance by $50,000 in 2014 and $100,000 in 2015. But this apparently was just the tip of the iceberg on the coach’s spending.

Per the report: “In addition to the private jet spending, both basketball programs spent more than allowed on hotels, private cars, birthday or holiday parties, meals and valet parking. The audit even flagged “unreasonable” spending by Pitino involving “multiple” rental cars returned without full gas tanks and instances of parking at the airport even though the team had rented a bus.”

An internal audit at the university was launched not long after Teague’s resignation and found that many of these violations happened under his watch. Richard Pitino was allowed to do this with both of the school’s basketball teams.

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