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New Rutgers AD accused of abuse at Tennessee

New Rutgers AD accused of abuse

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to speak with Rutgers officials about a report that the woman hired to clean up the university’ 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.

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.

The Star-Ledger reported that Tennessee players wrote that the mentality cruelty they suffered when Hermann was coach was unbearable, adding she called them “whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.”

Hermann was hired on May15 to replace the ousted Tim Pernetti, who was let go after basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for abusive behavior.

On June 17, Hermann 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.

Hermann was not immediately available for comment, but she told the Star-Ledger that she did not recall the Tennessee letter. The newspaper said when it was read to her by phone, she replied, “Wow.”

Rutgers is scheduled to join the Big Ten in 2014.

– Associated Press

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