Marlene Stollings was 24-9 in 2017-18 as coach for the Gophers, yet athletic director Mark Coyle was quick to make no counteroffer when Stollings informed she had a better deal on the table. Now we know why.
He set Gophers program records for passing yards (3,253), touchdown passes (30), completion percentage (66.0), passing yards per game (250.2), TD-to-interception ratio (4.3), pass efficiency rating (178.7).
"Due to the uncertain nature of COVID-19, and the fiscal constraints it has placed on the department, philanthropic support is needed now more than ever," the athletic department posted on Gophersports.com.
Following Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, the athletics department could allow only 1,500 fans at TCF Bank Stadium, forcing the department to anticipate "few spectators or no spectators at all."
The former Gophers women's basketball coach is the subject of an report published by USA Today headlined: "Texas Tech women's basketball players describe toxic culture: 'Fear, anxiety and depression.'"