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Rutgers Names Julie Hermann New Athletic Director; Must Repair School’s Battered Image

David Butler II-USA Today Sports

On Wednesday morning, Rutgers University named Louisville senior associate athletic director Julie Hermann as the school’s replacement to Tim Pernetti.

Here’s to hoping the saga that has surrounded the university of the passing months, is over.

For those who have been living under a rock, the timeline of events is simple, yet shocking — former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended three games this past season for allegations of player mistreatment during practice. After the Scarlet Knights’ season came to a close however, video footage surfaced of the aforementioned allegations. Amid public outcry, Rutgers was forced to fire Rice and then Pernetti resigned shortly thereafter.

The Scarlet Knights found a replacement head coach in Eddie Jordan, a former player for the university. Since Jordan’s hiring however, reports have surfaced saying that Jordan never even graduated from the university, although nothing past more image-related issues has surfaced in regard to that topic.

Needless to say, Hermann faces a monumental task in repairing the school’s battered image and directing its athletics’ program in a more positive direction. Oh, and of course the school is preparing for its move to the Big Ten Conference.

Everything aside, today is a bright spot for the university and that’s something that they have not been able say in a few months. Hermann is the first women athletic director in school history and hopefully a savior for the school’s athletic future.

 

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