Jun 27, 2012 at 7:47 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joel Maturi put the ''go'' in Gophers over his 10 years as Minnesota's athletics director.
One piece of advice he's passed on to his successor? Pick his spots when it comes to attendance and accessibility.
Maturi reflected on his decade in charge of Gophers sports Tuesday at the annual Minnesota Associated Press Sports Association meeting and the challenges faced by new AD Norwood Teague.
Teague is inheriting quite the challenge. There's the new practice facility and eventually a new arena sought by the basketball programs, plus other financial hurdles he'll have to clear constantly to maintain such a large department, fund the fancy features the high-profile sports require to keep up in recruiting, and keep the customers coming to watch and pay for the revenue-producing programs.