Rutgers supports Hermann amid changes
by Keith Sargeant, USA TODAY Sports
Buoyed by the support of top Rutgers officials, Julie Hermann now appears to be on track to begin her tenure as Scarlet Knights athletics director as scheduled on June 17.
The newly appointed Rutgers director of intercollegiate athletics spent the past week fighting for her job as accusations of verbal abuse from her time as Tennessee women’s volleyball coach first surfaced May 25. The scrutiny came to a boil last Friday when, according to two sources, top Rutgers officials explored ways to get out of a commitment to Hermann in an effort to move past an ongoing athletics controversy.
The sources said Hermann on Sunday received a strong vote of confidence from school President Robert L. Barchi and members of the university’s Board of Governors, and it now appears, barring a new revelation, that she will begin her five-year term as expected in two weeks.
One school official told the New Jersey Press Media on Monday nothing has changed since Barchi said he looked forward to Hermann “joining Rutgers and leading the university through the coming transition to the Big Ten” in a statement released a day after Hermann’s past controversies came to light. The official added that school officials are looking forward to Hermann getting a jump on her AD duties this week.
In addition to meeting with Rutgers coaches and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany this week, Hermann will likely be present for two fundraisers with top donors to the school, according to sources.
Speaking at a news conference Monday at Yankee Stadium to announce the Big Ten’s partnership with the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Delany said Rutgers’ recent troubles will not interfere with its entry into conference.
Delany called Rutgers’ problems a local issue that will not involve the Big Ten, adding the Scarlet Knights are on target to join the league in 2014, along with Maryland.
“You should rest assured that Rutgers will be a member of the Big Ten, on time, in place,” Delany said.
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