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October 10, 2003
Go Gophers! (to the bank?)

Tension mounts as perennial football power Michigan comes to Minneapolis to play against the undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers tomorrow at the Metrodome. So far, this is Minnesota's best season in 40 years, and if they beat the Wolverines, they have a shot at a national title.

Of course, at the same time we have to get a lecture on econmics:

Exhibit A: At the start of 1993, when Maturi was assistant athletics director at the University of Wisconsin, the Badgers' athletic department was $3 million in debt. Then the football team went to the Rose Bowl.

"We went from $3 million down to a million in reserves almost overnight,'' Maturi said.

While Minnesota's $47 million athletics budget is not currently in the red, it definitely could use a cash infusion as it attempts to raise money for an on-campus football stadium.

C'mon, guys, this is supposed to be fun!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 10, 2003 12:11 PM

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