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Joel Maturi out as U of M Athletics Director

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi says he will step down from his post, effective June 30. Hired in 2002, Maturi has been under intense pressure in recent years as the men's football and basketball programs continue to struggle.
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University of Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi says he will step down from his post, effective June 30. Hired in 2002, Maturi has been under intense pressure in recent years as the men's football and basketball programs continue to struggle.

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