Nanne: 'No truth' to report of groundbreaking $70M practice facility
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The report about a $70 million football practice facility for the Gophers apparently is incorrect.
Lou Nanne, chairman of the fundraising project that hopes to raise $190 million for facilities for the Gophers, said the Star Tribune report is "totally incorrect."
"I'm out of town and I read this morning the erroneous report that Sid Hartman wrote about having plans to break ground in December for a $70 million facility. That's totally irresponsible," Nanne said on his weekly appearance on the Mackey & Judd show. "There are no plans to break ground and the facility that we're looking at is not remotely close to 70 million [dollars]. We want to get that word out because that is just totally, totally incorrect."
Gophers Athletics Director Norwood Teague declined comment through a University spokesman. Associate Athletic Director Chris Werle confirmed to 1500 ESPN that Nanne's information in the radio interview is accurate.
Nanne had interrupted a question morning show host Judd Zulgad was asking to set the record straight on the report from long-time columnist Sid Hartman.
"Very miffed, very miffed. Because all it does - we've got a committee of 45 and they've never heard this before. They get up and read it in the paper and say, 'Why don't we know what's going on?'" Nanne said in the radio interview.
"There's no truth to it and I just wanted to make certain that we got that word out. We'll be getting that out all day long."
What's the status of the plan?
Nanne also offered an update on where the plan is currently.
"We're going through facilities plans that we're looking at. We have no plans to break ground. We're in the process of raising funds," Nanne said. "We are making our calls and talking to potential donors and we are working very hard at that. We've had a number of different sketches of the facilities of what we're doing but $70 million is totally inaccurate."
Will football be the top priority when the money for facilities does come together?
"Well, football, the building, which would also house a practice facility, is the first part of where you link on the educational part, the training part, the nutrition part. We've got a whole list of different buildings we have to connect there. We haven't even gotten [to] the plans of where it's going to be exactly and how it's going to be done," Nanne said.