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Oct 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Donnell Kirkwood (20) runs for six yards in the first quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

New AD Teague pays $800,000 to drop football games against Tar Heels

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.

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