Hermann visits Rutgers, appears set to start job

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers incoming athletic director Julie Hermann says the problems she encountered as a women's volleyball coach at Tennessee are part of the reason she's a good fit as a sports administrator.

Speaking to reporters during a campus visit Wednesday, Hermann said she learned from the experiences that have drawn criticism regarding the school's decision to hire her.

Players from the 1996 Vols team have said they complained Hermann was verbally and emotionally abusive to them. They said in a letter at the time that she called them "whores, alcoholics and learning disabled."

The allegations followed the uproar in which predecessor Tim Pernetti was forced to resign days after men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for physically and verbally abusing his players during his three-year tenure.

Rutgers is joining the Big Ten in 2014.


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