The Latest: Minnesota athletics probe largely clears school
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The latest news on an investigation and audit of the University of Minnesota athletics department (all times local):
An investigation of the University of Minnesota athletics department has found that school officials had no knowledge of inappropriate conduct by athletic director Norwood Teague before he was accused of sexual harassment.
Teague resigned abruptly in August after two high-ranking university administrators reported he sexually harassed them at a senior leadership retreat weeks earlier. His deputy, Mike Ellis, stepped down in November after being placed on leave in September when complaints against him surfaced.
The external review released Tuesday also doesn't find fault with the university's vetting of Teague before he was hired. The university had been criticized for missing a gender discrimination complaint against Teague when he worked at Virginia Commonwealth.
The review does find that some Minnesota athletes lied to investigators trying to follow up on a sexual harassment complaint.
But the review found the general climate in the athletics department ''does not condone or tolerate sexual harassment.''