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SBD/May 31, 2013/Colleges
Criticism Continues For Rutgers' AD Hiring Process; Was Hermann Pushed Through?
Published May 31, 2013
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ON THE OFFENSIVE: In N.Y., Lenn Robbins cites sources as saying that Parker, "apparently fed up with being collateral damage in Rutgers’ harried search for a new athletic director, yesterday went on the attack." A source said that the firm "knew trouble was brewing as they watched Hermann’s introductory press conference," as she "wasn’t being forthcoming with some of her comments." Parker did "not uncover the verbal abuse at Tennessee because the vetting of an athletic director is considered ‘low level’ in the business and that incident would not have been filed in any public record database" (N.Y. POST, 5/31).
VIEWS FROM BOTH SIDES: In Newark, Steve Politi writes in "separate interviews with a half dozen people within the athletic department this week, the same themes were repeated." They have "no idea how Hermann will lead them now." This is "not everyone," but just a "sample of voices." One athletics department official asked, "How can anybody trust her at this point? How can the staff trust her? How can donors? Parents? Coaches? The Big Ten? I don’t know how we’ll raise money" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 5/31). Louisville AD Tom Jurich, when asked if he would have done anything differently during the process, said, “I don’t think I would have. Why should I? Everything here was perfect.” Jurich said that he has "felt for Hermann during this tumultuous week." Jurich: “I see how everybody’s piling on and that’s easy to do, for people to pile on. Nobody’s giving her a chance. I don’t see many people at Rutgers standing up for her, and that’s what disappoints me" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 5/31).
CHERRY PICKING: In N.Y., Mike Lupica writes search committee co-Chair and RU alumnus Kate Sweeney "hijacked the entire search process ... and nobody ever stopped her." Sweeney "clearly decided a woman had to be the next Rutgers AD, became enamored of Hermann, and practically led her by the hand to her introductory press conference on May 15, where Hermann began to display a selective memory of her own life that is almost stunning" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/31).