University of Minnesota Athletic Director Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

Citing “too much to drink” and “behav[ing] badly towards nice people,” University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague has resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment, per a report.  According to the story, the University received two separate complaints of harassment on behalf of University employees recently. Both claimed that Norwood acted inappropriately at a recent University event. Unsurprisingly, Norwood told “he’s embarrassed by his actions” and “sent inappropriate texts.”

Teague has been the University Athletic Director since 2012. During his tenure he oversaw a major men’s football and basketball program and a countless number of other successful amateur athletics programs.  Teague’s scandal is just the latest in a long line of University employee harassment [and worse] scandals, including the one at Penn State nearly five years ago that led to the arrest of Jerry Sandusky and the resignation of famous football coach Joe Paterno. 

Lawsuit Likely to Follow

Now that Teague has admitted to acting inappropriately, it is only a matter of time before the accusers will file a lawsuit. The University will face costly litigation that will undoubtedly tarnish the reputation of the institution. This comes less than a year after the Campus SaVE Act went into effect, requiring institutions receiving federal funding to conduct training courses aimed at preventing violent acts against women. Although Teague’s actions appear non-violent in intent, harassing behavior such as Teague is accused of can lead to further incidents if allowed to persist in a University environment.

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