VCU paid $125,000 settlement after complaint against former AD

VCU paid $125,000 settlement after complaint against former AD

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU paid a $125,000 settlement to the former women's basketball coach following a reported complaint she filed against former Athletic Director Norwood Teague.

Teague resigned from his Athletic Director position at the University of Minnesota on Friday after confessing to sending drunk, inappropriate text messages following a university function.

VCU said Tuesday it paid a $125,000 settlement to Beth Cunningham, upon her leaving her position as head women's basketball coach to take an assistant coach position at Notre Dame. Cunningham spent 11 years with the women's basketball team at VCU and is the university's all-time winningest coach, as well as a former WNBA player.

"Beth Cunningham received $125,000 when she left VCU. There was an agreement reached between the university and Beth Cunningham," VCU said in a statement. "However, the nature of the agreement cannot be discussed due to the language of the agreement."

The settlement was tied to a gender discrimination complaint filed against Teague in 2012, according to document obtained by the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

Teague cited a recent incident in which he sent inappropriate text messages while drunk as the reason for his resignation in a statement to KARE-TV.

"After careful and painful consideration, I've decided to leave the University of Minnesota," the statement reads. "At a recent university event, I had entirely too much to drink. I behaved badly towards nice people and sent truly inappropriate texts."

Teague apologized for his actions and said he would get help with his alcohol issues.

Teague left VCU to take the Minnesota athletics director job in 2012. He spent six years at VCU, during which the men's basketball program came to prominence.

University President Eric Kaler accepted the resignation, effective immediately.

"To be clear, sexual harassment will not be tolerated at the University of Minnesota and I sincerely regret that our employees experienced this behavior. The University has an explicit policy and a strong code of conduct that articulates our standards. Ensuring a healthy learning, working and living environment for all in our University community is very important," Kaler wrote.

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