Man oh man, what is Rutgers University doing right now? After recently firing basketball coach Mike Rice for abusing players, the university also decided to part ways with athletic director Tim Pernetti. Pernetti technically resigned, but was facing immense pressure for allowing Rice's behavior to continue under his watch.
Enter Julie Hermann, former Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Louisville, who was poised to put Rutgers back on the right path and put the scandal in the rear-view mirror. However, it appears that Hermann has some skeletons in her own closet, as revealed in this excellent report by Craig Wolff.
According to the report, when Hermann was the women's volleyball coach at Tennessee 16 years ago, she was once handed a letter signed by all 15 members of the team and the athletic director. The letter expressed that the team would no longer accept being coached by her, after she had been emotionally abusive and led by instilling fear in her players. The letter quoted her as calling the team "whores, alcoholics, and learning disabled."
Hermann had also fired an assistant coach when the woman became pregnant, indicating she wouldn't be able to do her job properly as a result. The assistant coach was eventually awarded $150,000 after a lawsuit was filed.
While the hope is that Hermann has moved on and grown as an individual, this hire seems extremely questionable for Rutgers, as the school is trying to move on from an abuse scandal. Did the university simply not do its homework for the second time in a month?
We're sure this one is going to be in the news for a while, so stay tuned.