In the Star Tribune, Steven Dornfeld writes:
The latest evidence comes in published reports of the lavish, almost laughable expenses of administrators and coaches in the athletic department that were reimbursed by the university. How could any public institution justify spending:
• Nearly $30,000 in a three-year period for Athletic Director Norwood Teague to wine and dine donors, staff and others. And I mean “wine” — to the tune of almost $11,000.
• $24,444 in lodging and registration fees for women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings and her staff to attend a coaches’ convention in Tampa, Fla.
• Nearly $2,000 to reimburse Stollings for makeup, an outfit and shoes from Nordstrom.
• $2,298.85 to transport the dog of men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino by car from Miami to the Twin Cities.