Minnesota president Eric Kaler released this statement today regarding the resignation of former Athletic Director Norwood Teague:
"Norwood's resignation follows the report of two recent incidents of sexual harassment of two non-student University employees, based on unwelcome sexual advances and verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature occurring on the same evening. I have spoken personally to the employees and expressed my sincere regrets that they experienced this behavior."
"I take allegations of sexual harassment very seriously. The incidents were reported the day after the behavior occurred, and I spoke to Norwood about it the following day."
"Norwood has acknowledged his inappropriate behavior and has expressed remorse for his actions. He has also fully cooperated in our review of this matter and in this leadership transition in Gopher Athletics. While this does not excuse the behavior, Norwood has disclosed that he is seeking alcohol counseling and assistance, and I hope those efforts will be successful. Regardless, I believe his resignation is the appropriate response."
Kaler also had this about interim Athletic Director Beth Goetz:
"What I can tell you today is that I have asked Beth Goetz, deputy athletics director and senior woman administrator, to step in as interim athletics director, and she has agreed to do so. Beth has had a leadership role in Gopher Athletics for three years as the second to the AD. She joined us from Butler University, where she was senior woman administrator."
"While this is a quick and unexpected transition, I have great confidence in our athletics program, its current direction, and its recent successes. We have a very strong senior management team and outstanding coaches and staff. I am confident this team will help us continue the department's momentum during this transition."