July 12th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Over the years, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has heard its share of bad news in the annual reports delivered by the athletic department. Athletic director Mark Coyle gave them plenty to be happy about Wednesday, as he summed up a season of academic honors, athletic success and improved oversight. He outlined progress made toward his three principal goals — accountability, consistency in leadership and creating strong campus relationships — as well as a record-breaking season of fundraising and academic achievement. Coyle also announced a budget of $121 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The department has raised more than $108 million for its Athletes Village complex, which Coyle called a “transformational facility’’ that has had an immediate impact on athletes’ performance and well-being. More than $123 million has been donated to the “Nothing Short of Greatness’’ campaign, which will fund a host of athletic department initiatives. -Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, Read More

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