This statement was sent to Star Tribune columnist Chip Scoggins via text message Friday morning.
"After careful consideration, I have decided to leave the University of Minnesota. At a recent University event, I had entirely too much to drink. I behaved badly toward nice people, including sending truly inappropriate texts. I am embarrassed and apologize for my offensive behavior. This behavior neither reflects my true character nor the values of the University. I am extremely proud of our accomplishments during my tenure here, and I don’t want my personal life to impact the University’s reputation. I have taken immediate steps to obtain help with my alcohol issues, and I take full responsibility for my actions. As I reflect on my time at the University of Minnesota, it has been a wonderful three years serving our student-athletes, coaches, and the University. This is a great place with terrific people, and together we have accomplished a great deal. I have informed Dr. Kaler, who I believe is the best university leader in the country, that I need to step away to reassess my career and life options. While I am proud of the accomplishments, I want to take stock of my life and get professional help for my alcohol issues. I wish the University and all Golden Gophers well, and I will be pulling for you always."