PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers named Julie Hermann its new athletic director Wednesday, and the former No. 2 athletic administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program following the ouster of its men’s basketball coach and the resignation of other officials.
Hermann replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit in April after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs.
“No one on the coaching staff doesn’t believe that we need to be an open book, that we will no longer have any practice, anywhere at any time, that anybody couldn’t walk into and be pleased about what’s going on in that environment. It is a new day. It is already fixed,” Hermann said.
Hermann is one of three female ADs at schools which make up the 124 playing at college football’s top tier.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley has signed the junior college player of the year in 5-foot-7 guard Olivia Gaines.
Gaines spent the past two seasons at Louisburg College in North Carolina where she averaged 18.6 points and six rebounds as Louisburg won the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II championship.
PENN STATE: Football coach Bill O’Brien is fervently disputing suggestions raised in a report that player medical care has been compromised after the team doctor was replaced.
Speaking often in an angry tone, O’Brien told reporters in a conference call that the health and safety of his players were his top priorities.
The athletic department has been responding to a story in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated that questioned the quality of care and the motivations behind the removal of longtime team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli earlier this year.