Jun 21, 2012 at 8:57 am
SAUK CENTRE, MN (KNSI) - The University of Minnesota's new athletic director spent his third day on the job in central Minnesota Wednesday.
Norwood Teague was at Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre for a golf tournament benefitting the Gopher's men's basketball program. Teague told KNSI so far so good in the first few days of his new job at the U.
"It's a great place, I knew that coming in, great people, great passion for the U and for athletics," Teague said. "It is just a fantastic place, I've met a lot of people in the past few days and I will continue to do so in the coming months."
Teague comes to Minnesota from Viginia Commonwealth University, where he was the athletic director.
University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Tubby Smith says that pedigree points to good things for the athletic department under Teague.
"He's been at North Carolina, he's been at Virginia, in that ACC...I think he is hitting the ground running," Smith said. "For him to come up here today, sends a message to folks that he is trying to learn. Getting out around the community, getting out around the state is going to be important."
Teague is definitely taking that lesson to heart early on as he echoed the Smith's words about connecting athletics, the university and the larger community of Minnesotans.
"You have to connect you have to develop relationships, college athletics are part of a university," Teague said. "We are the flagship, so that means we are even more involved in the fabric of the state, the fabric of the culture; and all that is relationship based and we can't do it enough, we've got to get out all we can."
This is the second year Greystone hosted the benefit golf tournament.