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