September 11, 2013 |
AUTO RACING Ryan Newman is replacing Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship as part of NASCAR'S penalties against Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of Saturday night's race in Richmond, Va. Michael Waltrip Racing was fined $300,000, and general manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely Monday night. Truex, Clint Bowyer , and Brian Vickers were docked 50 points each, but Bowyer's deduction does not affect his position in the Chase, which begins Sunday in Chicago.
July 27, 2013 |
An update to Rutgers University's online biography of its new athletic director, Julie Hermann, caused a stir Thursday as media outlets began to pick up on its last sentence: "Hermann and her partner Dr. Leslie Danehy are the proud parents of a 7-year-old son, Aidan. " Danehy is an emotional-intelligence coach and consultant, according to an online biography. Asked by ESPN about the relationship, Hermann said she was "really blessed to have a wonderful family, and we're excited to become part of the Rutgers community.
July 24, 2013 |
An independent inquiry commissioned by Rutgers University into the scandal that led to basketball coach Mike Rice's ouster has found school leadership exercised "insufficient oversight" over an insular and overly autonomous athletic department. The report, released Monday, calls for various changes, some of which had been recommended in a 2008 review into another Rutgers athletic department scandal, which culminated in the firing of athletic director Robert Mulcahy. Among the changes called for in both reports is a interdepartmental risk management committee that "would provide a much-needed forum for senior leaders to consider university issues such as safety, operations, reputation, assets, and the legal interests" of Rutgers, according to the new document.
June 19, 2013 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Saying she has rolled up her sleeves and is ready to work, Julie Hermann took over as Rutgers University athletic director with the promise that her number-one job is to create an atmosphere for Scarlet Knights students to excel on and off the field. The embattled Hermann showed up for work before most of her employees Monday morning and started the task of leading an embarrassed athletic department back to respectability, winning back boosters and alumni and leading the university into the Big Ten Conference in 2014.
June 3, 2013 |
Having taken an already terrible situation and somehow made it worse, Rutgers University seems intent on drawing the blinds now and waiting until the furor over the hiring of new athletic director Julie Hermann goes away. Unfortunately for Rutgers, the fresh problems it has created for itself, and for Hermann, aren't going anywhere. It may take a while for the effects of the flawed hiring process to become apparent, but those are inevitable. A series of meetings scheduled for this week between Hermann and some athletic department coaches and administrators has been postponed, according to one report.
June 1, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Five former New Jersey governors, who served from the 1970s through 2004 and representing both major political parties, gave the embattled president of Rutgers University a vote of confidence Thursday. The three Democrats and two Republicans were responding to questions about Robert Barchi's handling of the student-athlete abuse controversy at the university as they appeared at a public forum. The scandal - which erupted in early April with revelations of berating and other abuse of players by the basketball coach, who was ousted along with the athletic director - reignited over the weekend as former volleyball players at the University of Tennessee, once coached by Julie Hermann, Rutgers' newly hired athletic director, emerged to say she, too, was abusive.
May 31, 2013
Once again, Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi has blown a big call on the university's athletic program. Incoming athletic director Julie Hermann, named just two weeks ago to replace Tim Pernetti in the wake of a player abuse scandal, has been accused of abusive behavior during her own coaching days at the University of Tennessee. Gov. Christie tried to sidestep the growing controversy Tuesday, saying he would not second-guess the decision to give Hermann the job. "As governor, I'm not going to micromanage every hire at Rutgers University," he said.
May 30, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann was involved in a discrimination lawsuit while an administrator at Louisville, where an assistant track coach said she was fired after complaining to human resources. Information about the case came to light Tuesday, amid continuing debate about Hermann's treatment of players while she was a volleyball coach at Tennessee in the 1990s. The earlier episodes from Hermann's career are particularly troubling for Rutgers, which hired her after former basketball coach Mike Rice was fired in April for physically and verbally abusing players and former athletic director Tim Pernetti was forced to resign for his handling of the problem.
May 30, 2013 |
Behaving badly is its own punishment, I taught my children. People who act poorly generally get what they deserve. Though, apparently, not in NCAA Division I athletics. At Rutgers, bad behavior means being named athletic director with a plum $450,000 salary and up to $50,000 in annual bonuses. This is the same Rutgers that last month ousted its basketball coach for abusive behavior, along with the athletic director for allegedly failing to take action. An assistant coach and university lawyer also resigned.