MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Now that Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi has announced his retirement, some nervous coaches in the program are watching closely to see who replaces him.
Minnesota President Eric Kaler says no contracts will be extended or negotiated until a new athletic director is hired. Kaler says the plan is to have Maturi's successor in place by July 1.
Until then, some coaches are wondering what the future holds for them and their programs. Maturi was a champion of non-revenue sports during his tenure with the Gophers. While many schools cut low-profile sports to put more money into football and basketball, Maturi fought to keep 25 programs alive at Minnesota.
Now coaches in sports like wrestling and gymnastics hope his replacement shares that vision of a broad-based program.