WASHINGTON — After the last basketball head coach Mike Rice and Athletic Director Tom Pernetti (AD) were forced out, a new beginning started for the Rutgers athletic department. At least, it was supposed to. The Associated Press reports another scandal has emerged at the New Jersey university.
Instead, recent allegations against the new Rutgers AD Julie Herrman have risen and accuse her of humiliating and verbally abusing her players during her coaching years as the University of Tennessee’s women’s volleyball coach.
Rutgers stands by the newly-minted AD Herrman and their embattled president, Robert Barchi, said the following:
“Rutgers was deliberative at every stage of this process…Over the course of the search, Julie’s record established her as a proven leader in athletics administration with a strong commitment to academic success as well as athletic excellence, and a strong commitment to the well-being of student athletes.”
Rice and Pernetti lost their jobs when it was discovered that Rice had verbally abused his basketball players and video tapes were played over and over again on news outlets like ESPN. Then reports came in on how Pernetti investigated but found Rice not guilty of any offense. Pressure from boosters and the general public forced both coach and AD to resign.
Also, Rice’s replacement as men’s basketball coach, Eddie Jordan, said that he graduated from Rutgers. However, further investigation showed that he did not graduate the year that he listed on his resume. Instead, he coached for a brief time before finishing his degree some years later.