Associate Athletic Director Mike Ellis resigns from U

by Brian Edwards

University of Minnesota Associate Athletic Director Mike Ellis resigned from his position at the University, effective Nov. 20.

In a resignation letter sent to the University Interim Athletics Director Beth Goetz, Ellis said while there was no disciplinary action taken or proposed against him, he still felt it was best for his family to leave the University.

Ellis plans to accept one of several job offers, he said in the letter.

“After fully cooperating with the University’s investigation, he is pleased, but not at all surprised, that they discovered zero wrongdoing on his part,” Ellis’ attorney, Chris Madel, said in an emailed statement.

Ellis will receive benefits and compensation until Nov. 20.

The resignation follows a voluntary leave in September, after five anonymous reports concerning Ellis’ conduct were submitted to the University.

His leave of absence came shortly after former Athletic Director Norwood Teague resigned for two instances of sexual harassment.