Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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Teague says Gophers are 'extremely pleased' with Power 5 autonomy vote

Posted by: Joe Christensen under NCAA Updated: August 7, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Gophers AD Norwood Teague issued a statement Thursday on the NCAA vote that will give the Power 5 conferences, including the Big Ten, autonomy to make their own rules.

“We are extremely pleased the Division I Board of Directors has approved a structure that allows more freedom in addressing issues related to our student-athletes and providing them with the support needed to perform in the classroom, in their respective sports and later in life," Teague said in his statement. "We look forward to working with our Big Ten and NCAA partners in determining how best to do this as we enter a period of dynamic change and transformation for the NCAA.

“While there is much to sort out as we move forward, we are excited about having the ability to focus intently on the well-being of our student-athletes, while continuing to provide our university, alumni and fans with the many benefits college athletics brings.”

For more on what this means for college sports, check out this story by Strib columnist Chip Scoggins:

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