According to a report from the Asbury Park Press, Rutgers University paid $70,000 for a background check on newly appointed athletic director Julie Hermann during their search for a replacement to Tim Pernetti.
Pernetti was forced to resign from his position earlier this spring after the school fired head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice amid a public outcry for physical and verbal abuse of Scarlet Knight student athletes.
What did that little Miami Heat fan once say?
Good Job. Good Effort:
Since Rutgers named Hermann to the position, two separate allegations have surfaced, blaming her for abusive decisions of her own in the past. One dated 15 years back to her time as the volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee, while another, which surfaced on Tuesday, referred to an firing incident at Louisville.
According to the report from the Asbury Park Press, Rutgers hired Parker Executive Search and paid them a $70,000 sum to research Hermann. The firm declined an interview with the paper’s investigators, claiming that they will not talk about their clients publicly.
So, either the executive firm completely overlooked these allegations or they simply don’t exist. Either that, or Rutgers made yet another mistake by overlooking them on their own. What a mess.
Rutgers can simply not catch a break.
Regardless, $70,000 for this?
Good Job, Good Effort.
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