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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rutgers Closes Ranks Behind Julie Hermann

The university president has told her that she'll keep her job.

That leaves many -- including ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg -- wondering if he'll keep his. 

The reports continue to cascade about Julie Hermann's actions as women's volleyball coach at Tennessee in the mid-90's.  They have not relented. 

I've posted a few times in the past few days on this.  Is Rutgers doing what it believes is right, or, is it acting the way it is either because (a) it hopes this scandal will go away or (b) they have an outside crisis manager advising them that this is the way to handle the matter (and that it will go away)?

It would be interesting if the university's president -- Robert Barchi -- would make himself available to the media to answer questions about the process that led to Hermann's hiring and the process that led to his giving her a vote of confidence.  An athletic director, a head basketball coach and an assistant basketball coach have already lost their jobs, one on far less circumstances than what Hermann's been accused of.

What standards are Rutgers driving?  That it's okay to transgress so long as there has been a decade and a half interval where you've gotten good marks in a job that didn't require coaching young people?  That might be where they've landed, and I can see that, but it remains to be answered what they knew when they hired Hermann and how they distinguish her alleged behavior from that of fired basketball coaches Mike Rice and Jimmy Martelli. 

This one won't go away this easily.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's also the question of conveniently "not remembering" things that everyone else remembers. Not remembering being in a wedding? Not remembering a meeting with your entire team when they aired grievances so strong that you quit your job?

3:18 PM  
Blogger SportsProf said...


I wonder what the next steps are. Hermann's faulty memory is bad enough. The irony is that they fired the prior AD for not being tough enough on Rice (even though he did act). How tough would Hermann actually be?

1:10 PM  

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