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SBD/November 18, 2013/Colleges
Rutgers Football Coach Accused Of Bullying Former Player, AD Hermann Faces Scrutiny
Published November 18, 2013
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TRUST FALL: In Newark, Steve Politi noted Rutgers in its statement said that Hermann herself "spoke to the parents twice to address their concerns," but the parents said that the conversations "never happened." Mark Tyree said, "That is insane." Politi prior to Saturday's Cincinnati-Rutgers game asked Hermann, who was "mingling with fans gathering before before the noon kickoff," if she talked to the parents. Hermann responded, "We issued our statement. We were aware of it and we reviewed it again, which Kyle did. So, I’m not trying to …" Politi recounted when Hermann's answer "trailed off," he again asked "Did you speak to him?" Hermann answered, "Yeah. Somebody -- if it’s not him, who calls me and informs me of it? Otherwise I wouldn’t know about it. So I’m not trying to call -- I’m not trying to use big words like the words he’s using, but I’m informed by him, to my knowledge." Politi: "It wasn’t convincing, to say the least. Maybe there are notes in her office with details from the meeting or phone records detailing the call. If there are, it would be a good idea to produce them." This is an issue now "because Rutgers hired somebody with a questionable track record when it comes to the truth." Politi: "Hermann had to nail this one. She needed to have a strong, bulletproof response." The bigger problem for Rutgers "is the trust issues" with the AD (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 11/17).