PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Incoming Rutgers University athletic director Julie Hermann was doing damage control Wednesday over the latest scandal, saying 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.”
There was also video of Hermann at the wedding of a former assistant coach, who claimed she was discouraged from getting pregnant based on Hermann’s own words.
“I don’t want you to come back in February with any surprises,” she said.
The case resulted in a $150,000 discrimination settlement.