When University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague showed his sports facilities plan to regents yesterday, he sparked a discussion over how successfully the U could juggle — or marry — academics and athletics in the competitive world of fund-raising. (The $190 million proposal would be privately funded, Teague stressed.) The presentation started off with Read more

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague has released a $190 million sports facilities plan he says will “change the future of Gopher athletics.” He told regents today he wants to build eight projects over the next six to eight years using private funds. U athletic officials have long felt behind competitors in athletic facilities. Read more

Some senators were apparently so concerned over the recent multimillion-dollar contract buyout of fired University of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith that yesterday they named an amendment after him. The “Tubby Smith” proposal for the U would prohibit state appropriations from going toward the buyouts at the U’s athletic department. The Senate adopted it, even Read more

Newly chosen University of Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino made a confident debut Friday, telling reporters the U already has the resources it needs to have a successful basketball program. Critics have questioned whether the U is attractive enough to lure the players necessary to build a great team. Williams Arena needs renovations, and the Read more

Yesterday I linked to a Rochester Post-Bulletin article that quoted the state House higher education committee chairman calling the $2.5 million contract buyout for fired University of Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith “obscene.” The chairman, Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona), has been tough on spending by the U and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Read more