Rutgers Postpones AD Julie Hermann's On-Campus Meetings
New Brunswick, NJ
For unknown reasons, Rutgers has postponed several on-campus meetings that will be attended by incoming athletic director Julie Hermann next week.
The Newark-Star Ledger reported that no explanation was given as to why the meetings were delayed.
Hermann was expected to meet with athletic administrators and several coaches before she formally start her job as the school's AD on June 17.
Since taking the Rutgers job, several controversies have emerged questioning Hermann's reputation.
Hermann has been accused of abusive behavior toward student-athletes during her time as the women's volleyball coach at Tennessee.
Earlier this week, the New York Times reported this week that Hermann was at the center of a sexual discrimination lawsuit.
However, Rutgers president Robert Barchi stood by Hermann, giving her a vote of confidence while supporters defended her as a strong leader and advocate for women.
In the 1990s, former Tennessee volleyball assistant coach Ginger Hineline filed a lawsuit, accusing Hermann of discouraging her from getting pregnant. Hineline was awarded $150,000 in a settlement in 1997.
Internal emails between members of the Rutgers Search Advisory Committee, the very group who had some responsibility for hiring newly appointed and now embattled athletic director Julie Hermann, indicate dissent within its ranks. The emails, leaked and made public by ESPN, show a distinct effort by co-chairs Kate Sweeney and Richard Edwards to save face from negative publicity surrounding Hermann’s past
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