Assessing Maturi's career with Gophers

Joel Maturi is retiring from his role as University of Minnesota athletics director on June 30. What kind of legacy will he leave behind? The Gophers haven't been spectacular in any major sports under Maturi's watch, but he avoided scandals and brought football back to the U of M campus.
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Joel Maturi is retiring from his role as University of Minnesota athletics director on June 30. What kind of legacy will he leave behind? The Gophers haven't been spectacular in any major sports under Maturi's watch, but he avoided scandals and brought football back to the U of M campus.

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