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Former VCU women’s basketball coach received $125,000 settlement under Norwood Teague’s watch

Posted at 9:03 PM, Aug 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-11 21:03:23-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Days after Norwood Teague resigned as athletic director at the University of Minnesota amid  allegations of sexually harassment, the Minnesota Star Tribune reported VCU paid former women's basketball coach Beth Cunningham $125,000 to settle claims of discrimination under Teague's watch. Teague served as VCU's athletic director until 2012, the same year Beth Cunningham left the Rams.

"VCU paid athletic Beth Cunningham received $125,000 when she left VCU," VCU spokesman Mike Porter confirmed. "There was an agreement reached between the university and Beth Cunningham. However, the nature of the agreement cannot be discussed due to the language of the agreement."

A former member of Cunningham's staff at VCU told the Richmond Times Dispatch the discrimination was about the VCU women's basketball team not receiving fair treatment under Title IX and had noting to do with sexual harassment.

"At a recent University event, I had entirely too much to drink. I behaved badly towards nice people and sent truly inappropriate texts. I’m embarrassed and I apologize to everyone involved,” Teague said following his resignation from Minnesota.

Teague said he would seek treatment for alcohol abuse.