NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The woman hired to clean up Rutgers' scandal-scarred athletic program quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players submitted a letter complaining she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse, The Star-Ledger reported Saturday night on its website.
In the letter about Julie Hermann, hired May 15 as Rutgers' athletic director after serving as the No. 2 athletic administrator at Louisville, the players wrote: ``The mental cruelty that we as a team have suffered is unbearable.'' They say Hermann called them ``whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.''
The 49-year-old Hermann told The Star-Ledger she didn't remember the letter.
Hermann, the first woman to head Rutgers' athletic program, has promised a restart for the program following the ouster of its men's basketball coach and the resignation of other officials.

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Kansas State vs. Baylor Pick Will Baylor be able to defend its home court tonight when the Bears play host to Kansas State at 9PM ET?
Thumbnail Michigan State vs. Illinois Pick Can No. 6 Michigan State avoid a poor performance on the road when the Spartans take on Illinois tonight at 9PM ET?
Thumbnail West Virginia vs. TCU Pick The featured game of Big Monday tonight has No. 24 TCU playing host to No. 6 West Virginia at 9PM ET on ESPN.
Thumbnail Nebraska vs. Ohio State Pick Can No. 22 Ohio State keep rolling to big wins in the Big Ten when the Buckeyes host Nebraska tonight at 8PM ET?
Thumbnail Iowa State vs. Texas Pick Will Texas get to the .500 mark in the Big 12 and cruise to a big win over Iowa State when the two teams meet tonight at 7PM ET?

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Team Pages