Physically intimidating

03 Feb

A statement released by Rutgers on Friday night said: "We have looked at the totality of Julie's record in athletics administration and we look forward to her continued success as she leads Rutgers' transition into the Big Ten." Hermann says she is mystified by the reaction of her former players, including several, she said, who had stayed in touch with her over the years.

She added, "All of us need to buy into, 'Here's what we stand for.' And if we don't stand for that, you can't stay.

No one can stay." Two of her former bosses extolled her as a leader.

Hermann, she said, felt a baby would interfere with job performance.

Hermann says the assistant was fired because she was underperforming, and it had nothing to do with pregnancy.

Hermann, during her introductory press conference as new Rutgers athletic director, was asked about the lawsuit, specifically the comments that she had made that was caught on camera during Hineline's wedding.

Sixteen years ago, members of the University of Tennessee women's volleyball team gathered for a last meeting with their head coach, Julie Hermann.

"The mental cruelty that we as a team have suffered is unbearable," the players wrote.

Specifically, they said the coach had called them "whores, alcoholics and learning disabled." In blunt terms, the players wrote, "It has been unanimously decided that this is an irreconcilable issue." Hermann, the players say, absorbed the words, turned to her team, and said simply: "I choose not to coach you guys." At that, say the players, she turned and left the room.