DULUTH - Shannon Miller never imagined the puck would drop like this. After helping build the Bulldogs women's hockey team into a powerhouse--she's on defense--like she's never been before.
"I've been fighting some internal battles for a long time in our athletic department, a long long time...and then just discrimination and discrimination rears its head in many forms," Miller said.
Miller alleges UMD's decision to not renew her contract was based on her gender and sexual orientation and violates title nine--though she would not go into detail.
She's not the only one sounding the alarm.
In a letter to the U's President and UMD's Chancellor, 13 state senators along with Governor Mark Dayton requested more information on Miller's contract feud. They wrote, "We are concerned about the circumstances surrounding this situation and request further information..."
Chancellor Lendley Black responded with a three page letter.
He wrote, "We are fully committed to the ongoing success of our Women's Hockey program and this decision will help us achieve even greater success for the program. The decision to not extend Coach Miller's contract had nothing to do with gender of sexual orientation..."
The Chancellor said their decision was strictly a financial and a performance one.