Saturday, April 30, 2016

It's going to be hard to blame this one on Norwood Teague

The U athletics department threw away $125,000 in 2014 when it tossed a paying client out of TCF Bank Stadium and held a free concert instead. The U blamed it on Norwood Teague, who was overserved. Now it's tossing out the same client again -- Drum Corps International -- to make way for coach Tracy Claeys' summer football camp, at a rate of $600 a day. (Apparently, if you have the right name, you can rent a football stadium for less than you can rent a conference room at the Days Inn.)

But let's forget the financial loss. The U has now treated Drum Corps International very badly, twice, breaking promises and costing the organization an estimated $80,000 in lost revenue so far. What does Eric Kaler plan to do to make this right?

UPDATE: The Strib reports that the U has apologized and the matter has been settled.

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