FILE – In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, Julie Hermann speaks during a news conference where she was introduced as the new athletic director at Rutgers University, in Piscataway, N.J. Hermann, hired to clean up Rutgers’ scandal-scarred athletic program, quit as Tennessee’s women’s volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players submitted a letter complaining she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse, The Star-Ledger reported Saturday, May 25, 2013, on its website. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to speak with Rutgers officials about a report that the athletic director hired to clean up the school’s scandal-scarred program quit as Tennessee’s women’s volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players complained she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says the governor is aware of the report about Julie Hermann in The Star-Ledger of Newark, but wants to get more details before commenting.
“He’s not going to make any judgments at this time,” Drewniak said in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday.
The Star-Ledger reported that Tennessee players wrote the mentality cruelty they suffered when Hermann was coach was unbearable, adding she called them “whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.”
Hermann was hired May15 to replace the ousted Tim Pernetti, who was let go after basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for abusive behavior.
The 49-year-old Hermann is scheduled to take over at Rutgers on June 17. She is set to become the first woman to run the Scarlet Knights’ athletic program and one of three female ADs at the 124 schools playing at college football’s top tier.
However, it’s uncertain whether the report will force Rutgers to re-consider the appointment. It also could give impetus to those who want new Rutgers President Robert Barchi to step down after yet another black eye for the state’s largest Login to read more