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."
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