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Will Hermann ever serve as Rutgers’ AD?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 3, 2013 @ 5:21 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Keith Sargeant, USA TODAY Sports
As the latest Rutgers athletics controversy heads into a second week, it remains unknown whether newly appointed athletics director Julie Hermann will begin her tenure on June 17.
As of Saturday night, nothing had officially changed since Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi said he looked forward to Hermann “joining Rutgers and leading the university through the coming transition to the Big Ten.” That statement was released Monday, a day after allegations surfaced that Hermann was verbally and physically abusive to her women’s volleyball team in 1996.
Hermann is expected to arrive in Piscataway this week to meet with top Rutgers officials, who encouraged Hermann to be present later this week when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is expected to arrive on campus to discuss the situation, according to a person with knowledge the matter.
The person said Hermann’s job status remained fluid Friday as top Rutgers officials explored ways to get out of its relationship with Hermann in an effort to move past a two-month controversy stemming from dismissed men’s basketball coach Mike Rice’s mistreatment of his players and continuing through Hermann’s alleged similar behavior.
The person said Rutgers officials were concerned with the perception of giving Hermann a $2.25 million settlement if she is fired without cause. The university already has paid more than $2.3 million in settlements, search firms and crisis management assistance since the Rice scandal erupted April 2.
Rutgers officials, according to the person, investigated ways to terminate the Memorandum of Understanding contract Hermann signed May 14. According to the binding agreement (her actual contract may take up to 60 days from May 14 to execute), Hermann can be terminated for cause or receive other discipline for acts “of moral turpitude” or “conduct tending to bring shame or disgrace to the university, or otherwise detrimental to the university’s good name and reputation.”
It appears debatable whether Rutgers could escape the $450,000 annual guaranteed compensation Hermann is owed over the next five years. Although one provision in the MOA states Hermann could be subject to disciplinary action if she “is found by the university to have violated NCAA rules and/or regulations, whether while … [For more on Will Julie Hermann ever serve as Rutgers' AD?, click here.]
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