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Minnesota Athletic Director: Gophers Name Norwood Teague Lone Finalist

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have named Norwood Teague, currently of Virginia Commonwealth University, as the lone finalist for the school's Athletic Director position.

Mar 29, 2012; New York, NY, USA;  Minnesota Golden Gophers mascot performs during the first half of the final round against the Stanford Cardinal at the NIT held at Madison Square Garden.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 29, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers mascot performs during the first half of the final round against the Stanford Cardinal at the NIT held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have looked through a large gang of over 40 candidates and have named Norwood Teague as the finalist for the director of athletics position at the school.

Teague is currently at Virginia Commonweath University, where he has been the athletic director since 2006. Minnesota was impressed at his pedigree, having worked in the world of college sports for a very long time since graduating from Ohio in 1992 with a Master's degree in Sports Administration.

"He rose to the top of the candidate pool not only because of his proven history of success but because he is genuine and authentic. He has a superlative track record of fundraising and attracting and retaining high quality coaches. He's committed to maintaining an academic standard of excellence that is a tradition of Gopher Athletics. And he has the expertise, values and work ethic to ensure that athletics at the U of M will reach an even greater level of success," said Mary Jo Kane, director of the university's Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and co-chair of the athletics director search.

Teague has most impressively looked over a VCU basketball squad that has made the NCAA Tournament for two straight years, making a surprise Final Four appearance in 2011. Revenue has been high at VCU with him at the helm with season ticket revenue doubling in his time there.

His resume also includes stints at the University of North Carolina and Arizona State University.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, head over to The Daily Gopher.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.