New AD Teague: Someone to invest in people

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 30, 2012 - 6:31 AM

Norwood Teague, soon to be in charge of Gophers athletics, believes in forging relationships with donors and making them feel like a part of the team.

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cowguyApr. 28, 12 5:47 PM

i belive that's jerry kill in the lead photo hope the new guy does well!!

regionguyApr. 28, 12 5:48 PM

Time will tell, of course, but this guy might just be the real deal, and I am certainly willing to give him a chance.

ranger78Apr. 28, 12 7:27 PM

The other item on list is building relationships with the many large businesses located in the Twin Cities. And then sell these resources to the athletic recruits. These are great resources and should be part of the recruiting process. There are far more reasons to come here than many college cities. Use it to the U's advantage.

kleinharrieApr. 28, 1211:01 PM

Right on, Ranger78. The U should be selling the Twin Cities and its businesses and cultural and sports possibilities. Look how many athletes came to play with the Vikes or Twins and ended up staying. Go Gophers!

eyeintheskyApr. 29, 12 8:42 AM

I've heard all the talk too many times. I wish our new AD the VERY BEST. I sincerely do hope that prexy k provides the kind of leadership that it will take and that our new Norwood and our good prexy are locked in unison step on indetifying the issues, prioritizing the NEEDS and in laying down an agenda that will help insure excellence on all fronts for our revenue sports, and ESPECIALLY football, since football takes the most resocurces, and also provides the GREATEST potential rvenue producer to support the ENTIRE athletic department, all the programs, coaches, teams, players and the entire fan base. As football will go the financial health of the entire athletic department. May our new Norwood's efforts result in strong, competetive BIG TEN Programs. May we FINALLY compete in the Big Ten during the football season with our two major rivals AND the top half of the schools within the Big Ten Standings with much more consistency than our previous athletic director achieved. Good luck and best wishes to our new Norwood! ; 0 )

matthewJamesApr. 29, 1211:33 AM

Let's see. We hire a guy who has never run a football program. Whose decision was that? Our number 1 revenue producing sport and we hire him. Is this a proving ground or what? I'd fire the people involved just for making that decision.

nomorebrewApr. 29, 12 2:38 PM

Six whole comments?!?! Yawn...

eyeintheskyApr. 29, 12 3:22 PM want more comments nomorebrew? Ok. Let's talk... Our new Norwood needs a lot of Big Ten wins to sell Big Ten Tickets for the Big Ten Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Program...don't you think? The Big Ten Golden Gopher Football Team needs to start moving up in the Big Ten Football the LEGENDS DIVISION to be more specific. Our new Norwood needs help from prexy k and Coach Kill to get those Big Ten Tickets sold to our Big Ten Season Ticket Base here in Big Ten major metro-area at the Big Ten University of Minnesota. IF he gets that help, then Coach Kill and prexy k will get help from our new Norwood. I have heard all this talk before. What I want to see is ACTION and RESULTS. How will we KNOW when we are getting positive results? When we see MORE Big Ten's really quite simple nomorebrew. And...I certainly am pleased that we have no more brew running the Football Program... ; 0 )

eyeintheskyApr. 29, 12 6:11 PM

Matthey James: Our new Norwood may turn out to be a fantastic AD. My personal point of view is that I will not dwell on his every word and be "impressed" by what he says. I will, instead watch what he does and will wait to see his results. The same is true for Coach Kill and especially for prexy k. Of the three, prexy k has the most impact on the overall direction of the athletic department, and the entire direction of the U of M, obviously. The prexy ALWAYS gets what the prexy wants. If not, the prexy is not a very effective prexy. The next in line is Coach Kill. His ability to coach his hand-picked recruits & walk-ons up, game plan and just plain be a "ball coach" who can manage a Big Ten Football Program is the key for the Big Ten Football Guy. His Big Ten wins vs. Big Ten losses will tell us the entire story. Finally, our new Norwood will become a key player. I believe that it is much more important to observe his walk than to listen to his talk. IS he...will he BE a Big Ten-Level AD? Time and our Big Ten records in Football, Men's Basketball and Men's Hockey will tell... ; 0 )

garykhansonApr. 30, 1210:37 AM

I am excited about Norwood and what his impact will be. As for putting pressure on coach Kill let's put this in perspective. Michigan has a great coach, program and recruiting going. The same is true of many other Big Ten Schools. Nebraska is finding out what it is like playing in the Big Ten week after week and not just once in a while. I think coach Kill will eventually win a championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. But this is extremely competitive business.


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