Under new Gopher athletic director Norwood Teague, the football program recently dropped two games against the University of North Carolina in the 2013-2014 seasons by paying $800,000.
The Gophers swept this year’s non-conference schedule, but this latest move befuddles even the most average fan, especially after these comments from Teague to Star Tribune’s Chip Scoggins:
“It’s a tough decision,” Teague said. “It’s one that we feel like is part of our plan for building a program. It’s one where Coach Kill feels like that playing in the Big Ten is hard enough. We have a young program, and we want our guys to have games in which they can build confidence and do some things rather than playing a BCS program that’s pretty good right now. So it’s kind of part of the overall plan.”
Paying money (and a lot of money with that) to avoid playing a team that many fans would expect to be an easy non-conference victory is troubling and says a lot about the program and the confidence it has with Kill and its cast of young players.
At least the Tar Heels have been to four straight bowl games.