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University of Minnesota names Norwood Teague as new athletic director

University officials are introducing Norwood Teague as the next athletic director. He takes over for Joel Maturi who announced he's stepping down. Teague emerged as the U's only finalist over the weekend.
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University officials are introducing Norwood Teague as the next athletic director. He takes over for Joel Maturi who announced he's stepping down. Teague emerged as the U's only finalist over the weekend.

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