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Former interim U athletic director Goetz to leave for Connecticut job

Beth Goetz
Beth Goetz

Goetz gets a better gig. The Star Tribune’s Joe Christensen writes: “Former Gophers interim athletics director Beth Goetz has been hired to be the University of Connecticut’s chief operating officer for athletics, the University of Minnesota confirmed. … Goetz filled in as interim AD after Norwood Teague resigned last August and announced that she’d like to be considered for the permanent position. But the University of Minnesota hired Mark Coyle away from Syracuse to be the AD last month.”

Okay, so now what? For APM Reports, Tom Scheck reports: “Some of Minnesota’s most vulnerable and disruptive children still have nowhere to go after a juvenile correctional facility in northern Minnesota said it would close by the end of June. … In May, the state Department of Human Services and Hennepin and Ramsey counties pulled their kids from Mesabi Academy after concerns over treatment at the facility came out in news reports. But the decision has left case workers scrambling to find new options for the boys, which is leaving some of the toughest kids in limbo.”

On second thought… The Pioneer Press’ Josh Verges writes: “The University of Minnesota is scaling back plans for a big tuition rate increase for incoming nonresident students. … The Board of Regents on Friday will vote on a budget that raises tuition 7.5 percent for those students, down from a 9.9 percent increase discussed last month. … Out-of-staters already attending the university would see 5.5 percent increases.” For more on the tuition proposal, check out Greta Kaul’s recent story for MinnPost.

A casino deal at long last? The Duluth News Tribune’s Peter Passi reports: “After years of legal battles, the city of Duluth and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa may finally be poised to call a truce. … On Wednesday morning, Mayor Emily Larson and Interim Band Chairman Wally Dupuis announced the makings of a settlement agreement that would provide the city with $150,000 per year as a payment in lieu of taxes for the Fond-du-Luth Casino, which is located on downtown property that has been designated sovereign land not subject to taxation.”

In other news…

Millionaires gotta stick together: “Mills continues to support Trump despite judge comments” [Brainerd Dispatch]

Not even close: “Candidate admits flier attacking senator is false” [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

Seems logical and important: “Columnist issues ‘no dancing after wins’ warning to Twins” [MPR]

News you can use: “Guide to making friends in Minnesota” [KARE]

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 06/09/2016 - 01:56 pm.

    Best of luck

    …to Ms. Goetz. Good enough to be assistant; good enough to be interim; not good enough to actually get the AD job? A totally undeserved slap in the face from the U, and a blatantly sexist move by a craven institution, as well.

    • Submitted by Robert Owen on 06/10/2016 - 09:50 am.

      Plenty of assistants and interim leaders never get selected permanently for the head job. Goetz didn’t get the AD job at the University of Connecticut either; she reports to the AD who is a male. Is UConn sexist? Why is any of this sexism?

  2. Submitted by Mike Chrun on 06/09/2016 - 04:09 pm.

    Thank you, Beth

    for taking the department through some very rough seas. However, she was in charge or tied to Pitino getting an extension and large raise and a contract where Pitino’s buyout is 7 million dollars this year. You also had the stories about Pitino going over budget on travel expenses. Finally, there is the situation with the wrestling team that given J. Robinson’s reputation is not going to end tidily. Not sure how much responsibility or blame Beth should get for any of this, but she was the acting interim AD when they all happened. I think she would have done a fine job, but it’s a very understandable and defensible action by the U to do what they did. Beth had a job audition of nearly a year and it just might be that in the end she couldn’t convince people that she was the best person. That doesn’t mean it’s a blatantly sexist move.

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