Rutgers Stands by New AD Despite Abuse Allegations

Rutgers Stands by New AD Despite Abuse Allegations

Julie Hermann listens during a news conference where she was introduced as the new athletic director at Rutgers University, May 15, 2013, in Piscataway, N.J. (Mel Evans/AP)
Julie Hermann listens during a news conference where she was introduced as the new athletic director at Rutgers University, May 15, 2013, in Piscataway, N.J. (Mel Evans/AP)

Rutgers is standing by its incoming athletic director despite allegations she humiliated and verbally abused players during her coaching days, with the embattled president of the prominent university saying he is looking forward to her first day on the job.

It’s the latest in a series of difficulties for the school, which lost its previous men’s basketball coach and chief athletic executive to an abuse scandal, and then had to acknowledge its new men’s coach had not graduated from Rutgers after it previously said he did.

Julie Herrman officially takes over the athletic department on June 17, and on Monday she said she plans to be in the position on that date. And the university is standing behind her.

“I never considered withdrawing because I feel very qualified to lead Rutgers into the future and into the transition into the Big Ten (Conference),” Hermann said during a conference call in response to a report in the Star-Ledger of Newark. “And I do feel the support of the Rutgers community.”

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