Incoming AD Julie Hermann planning visit to Rutgers this week

By Evan Hilbert |

Incoming athletic director Julie Hermann plans to visit Rutgers this week, a university spokesperson said Monday, according to the Associated Press.

It was reported Saturday that Rutgers had postponed meetings scheduled this week that were supposed to involve Hermann, but no reason was given.

A separate report stated Hermann received another vote of confidence on Sunday from Rutgers president Robert Barchi along with members of the board of governors. The report said that Hermann is set to assume her role as athletic director on June 17.

Hermann is expected to meet with Rutgers coaches and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany this week, the report stated.

The university and Hermann have been under intense scrutiny since she was hired to replace Tim Pernetti, who was forced to resign in early April. Pernetti was forced out after basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for verbally and physically abusing players.

Hermann was allegedly abusive toward players during her time as volleyball coach at Tennessee in the mid-1990s.

Opponents of the hire have accused Rutgers of acting recklessly when choosing Hermann and not properly vetting her throughout the hiring process.

The school is set to join the Big Ten in 2014.

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