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SportsLog: Report says new Rutgers AD was abusive to her former volleyball players

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Julie Hermann, who was hired as athletic director by Rutgers to help clean up the scandal-scarred program, was accused 16 years ago by her volleyball players at Tennessee of emotional abuse, according to a report by The Star-Ledger Saturday. Hermann, 49, took over at Rutgers May 15, replacing Tim Pernetti, who quit after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them. Hermann quit her coaching job at Tennessee following the 1996 season after her players submitted a letter to the school complaining Hermann ruled through humiliation and fear, calling them ‘‘whores, alcoholics, and learning disabled.’’ The Star-Ledger asked Hermann about the players’ lingering grievances. ‘‘I never heard any of this, never name-calling them or anything like that whatsoever,’’ she told the newspaper. ‘‘None of this is familiar to me.’’

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