Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann appears on campus

June 5, 2013 3:13:37 PM PDT
Rutgers incoming athletic director Julie Hermann says 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."

The allegations followed the uproar in which predecessor Tim Pernetti was forced to resign days after men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for physically and verbally abusing his players during his three-year tenure.

Rutgers is joining the Big Ten in 2014.

The press conference was called earlier in the day by school officials. According to an email, it was to last 15 minutes. It ran 13 minutes instead.

"I'll see you all on June 17," Hermann said in closing, referring to her official start date.

Moments after the conference ended, Rutgers president Robert Barchi issued a statement.

"I look forward to Julie joining the Rutgers team later this month," he said. "Julie and I had a great discussion today about her priorities and plans to strengthen the student-athlete experience and support the excellent coaches and staff at Rutgers by making sure they have the resources to succeed.

"Our smooth integration into the Big Ten is a top priority for the university. I am confident that Julie and her team will set the stage for a great transition.

It was the first meeting with the media since an impromptu conference call with reporters Hermann had during Memorial Day Weekend.

"Rutgers is truly a special place uniquely positioned to do something great," she said.