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SBD/May 29, 2013/Colleges
Rutgers Defending Decision To Hire Julie Hermann As AD Amid Allegations
Published May 29, 2013
WAS SEARCH THOROUGH? In New Jersey, Tara Sullivan writes RU and Barchi have "maintained one unassailable truth: that the search process they followed was thorough and transparent." But a source said that that "wasn’t the case, providing details of a sometimes secret and often rushed procedure that left the bulk of the 26-member advisory committee in the dark until the night before they were told they would meet the two finalists." That description "stands in direct contrast" to what Barchi said Monday (Bergen RECORD, 5/29). ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil wrote under the header, "Rutgers Back To Being A Punch Line." The "real problem ... is Rutgers and, more specifically, the people in charge." RU took a "flier on a woman with two lawsuits filed against her and a team that accused her of the same horrific cruelty that got Rice rightfully canned." Then it "hoped no one would notice or, if they did, no one would care" (ESPN.com, 5/28). SI's Lee Jenkins said, “There was one kind of person they could not hire, it was someone that had abuse in that candidate's background. And she obviously has it.” Jenkins: “When we do a feature about a guy, I think we do more research into that person than Rutgers athletic department did into Julie Hermann” ("Rome," CBS Sports Network, 5/28). The N.Y. Daily News’ Bob Raissman said, “To think that the process could go on twice where they wouldn’t be able to find this out -- or if they did find it out and they kept it to themselves -- you got to wonder who’s doing the leg work for them” (“Daily News Live,” SportsNet N.Y., 5/28). ESPN's Michael Wilbon asked, “What kind of vetting process do they got at Rutgers?” ("PTI," ESPN, 5/28). In Columbus, Michael Arace writes under the header, "Rutgers' First Gift To Big Ten? A Black Eye." The RU athletics department is, "at the moment, among the most scandal-ridden" in the country (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/29).
DAMAGE DONE: In N.Y., Lenn Robbins writes, "Regardless of who is lying and who is telling the truth (if anyone), the clouds of doubt that have settled over the Garden State likely aren’t going to dissipate any time soon." An AD "must be a fundraiser, which begs the question: Who in their right minds would give a $2 bill to Rutgers after the goings on that have played out the past six months?" (N.Y. POST, 5/29). In Louisville, Tim Sullivan writes rather than "admit a mistake, it appears, Rutgers has chosen to compound it" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 5/29). Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan said, “Why Julie Hermann is still employed, why Robert Barchi is still employed, why the house has not been entirely cleaned at Rutgers at this point mystifies me” (“Rome,” CBS Sports Network, 5/28). ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said Hermann and Barchi both "should be fired immediately" ("PTI," ESPN, 5/28). In Providence, Jim Donaldson asked, "Can't Rutgers do ANYTHING right?" RU should be "redfaced with embarrassment" (PROVIDENCEJOURNAL.com, 5/28).