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Rutgers' AD problem?
Rutgers hired athletic director Julie Hermann to fix its image after the Mike Rice scandal, but Hermann may have baggage of her own. The Newark Star Ledger reported on Saturday that Hermann quit her job as head coach of Tennessee women's volleyball 16 years ago after her players accused her of verbally abusing them. Hermann officially starts in June, but should Rutgers cut ties with her before she takes charge?
Rutgers has been getting rid of many of the major players in its recent videotaped abuse scandal. Coach Mike Rice has been fired, while assistant Jimmy Martelli and athletic director Tim Pernetti have resigned, but Rutgers president Robert Barchi remains. Barchi claimed that he hadn't seen the videotape of Rice pushing, throwing basketballs and cursing at his players until this week, and that he would have recommended Rice's firing if he had. He's characterized the entire situation "a failure of process," but is he part of the problem?
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