ST. PAUL -- The Republican-led Legislature has expressed a desire
for major overhaul of the University of Minnesota's top oversight board after
numerous scandals in the past few years.

But despite the tough talk, lawmakers are ready to send three sitting regents
and a former one to fill the four vacant seats of the school's Board of Regents.
The choices represent a growing partisanship on the board that was spurred in
part by a GOP Legislature that sought to overturn long-standing board tradition.

Still, some legislators say the returning candidates know they need to push for
major changes at the school if they are picked to return.

Democratic Rep. Gene Pelowski, of Winona, says the unfavorable national
coverage of the football team's sexual assault scandal has shown that the status
quo will not be accepted at the University of Minnesota any longer.