(NEW YORK) — Despite the latest controversy surrounding Rutgers University and new athletic director Julie Hermann, president Robert Barchi is standing behind his new hire.
“We remain confident that we have selected an individual who will work in the best interests of all of our student athletes, our athletic teams, and the university,” Barchi said.
On Saturday, the Newark Star Ledger reported that Hermann allegedly quit her job as the volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee 16 years ago after all 15 of her players at the time accused her of mental abuse. Despite the recent reports, the school is standing behind Hermann.
This comes following the dismissal of former men’s head basketball coach Mike Rice and former athletic director Tim Pernetti after videos surfaced of Rice verbally and phsysically abusing players on videotape.
“It’s been communicated to me (by Barchi) that I’m the athletic director and will lead Rutgers into the Big Ten,” Hermann said in an interview with ESPN.
Hermann was selected for the job over Sean Frazier, a deputy athletic director at Wisconsin, and Fresno State athletic director Thomas Boeh.
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