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Scoggins on Maturi: 'The time is right for change'

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi has been in command of the Gophers for a decade. Unfortunately, many of the university's most visible teams have regressed during his watch. This could be Maturi's final year on the job.
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University of Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi has been in command of the Gophers for a decade. Unfortunately, many of the university's most visible teams have regressed during his watch. This could be Maturi's final year on the job.

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