MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The University of Minnesota released hundreds of pages of documents Monday linked to its investigation into former athletics director Norwood Teague. The most notable pieces of the paper trail are documents that show a private search firm failed to uncover a complaint filed against Teague during his tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Back in 2012, the University of Minnesota paid a search firm called Parker to find an athletics director and run background checks on candidates. The university said it wasn’t aware of the VCU complaint because Teague did not disclose the allegations.
"Parker asked candidates to disclose in writing any potential issues of controversy or concern that the University of Minnesota should be aware of (i.e., legal, work-related, credit issues, civil litigation suites [sic], etc. ," the university said. "[The finalist] signed a statement indicating no such issues exist."
The U of M said the search firm also conducted criminal background checks, reference, credit, news stories, and more. But again, the university says it was unaware of any inappropriate behavior before hiring Teague.
The university admits they learned there was a settlement at VCU in December 2012, after they hired Teague, but that they didn't know what it was about.
The University of Minnesota has also released documents related to the senior executive retreat held in July 2015 up at Breezy Point. That's where two university employees say Teague harassed them, which ultimately led to his resignation. The 26 attendees, including President Eric Kaler, drank alcohol, ate meals and participated in workshops.
Norwood Teague’s expense reports
The University of Minnesota also released 626 pages of Teague's expense reports from 2012 to 2015. Those reports show lots of dinners, bar tabs, hotels and Uber rides -- all things a person in charge of wining and dining donors is supposed to be doing.