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Continued: For Gophers AD, inroads made but heavy lifting remains

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 16, 2013 - 12:27 AM

“I believe in [coach] Jerry Kill like you can’t believe,” Teague said. “But football is a big battleship and it’s slower to turn around.”

Teague is confident that will happen eventually, which will help make his enterprise more viable. Any athletic department’s overall health stems from its success in football and basketball, and that mission, Teague said, remains his priority.

“We need to be competing at a higher level in our revenue sports,” he said. “I’m thrilled with our women’s program, and we’ve got to continue to support them. But we’ve got to excel in both of our basketball [programs] and football in order to build our brand and build revenue. That will generate more revenue, more interest in what we’re doing and it will help everybody else.”

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