Knoxville, Tenn.--(WVLT-TV) The following is a statement from Joan Cronan, women's athletics director emeritus, in response to media inquiries. The university has no additional comment at this time.
"I hold Julie Hermann in high regard, and I believe she is well-prepared for her new role at Rutgers University. My recollection of the time Julie was at the University of Tennessee is that it was a very frustrating time for everyone connected with the volleyball program, which had performed far below our expectations. However, I do not recall it being an abusive situation. After Julie's sixth season as the head volleyball coach, I decided that a change was needed, and I moved Julie to a position in athletics administration. Clearly, I am disappointed that some of the players did not have a positive athletics experience at the University of Tennessee."
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.