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Tue, 05/28/2013 - 8:00am  

Mashup: New Rutgers AD on defensive

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♦ Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann, in a conference call with reporters Monday, insisted she will not resign despite reports that she emotionally abused volleyball players at Tennessee when she was coach there 16 years ago.

“I never considered withdrawing because I feel very qualified to lead Rutgers into the future and into the transition into the Big Ten,” Hermann said. “And I do feel the support of the Rutgers community.”

Hermann, who has spent the past 15 years as an executive in the athletic department at the University of Louisville, denied ever knowing about a letter her players at Tennessee wrote criticizing her coaching style, although she acknowledged that she was an intense coach and may have made a few mistakes. She said she has matured since then.

However, one former player emailed ESPN and said the team met with Hermann the end of the season and shared the complaints they had detailed in the letter.

“All of the things that were written are unfortunately true,” wrote Abbey (Blazer) Watkins of the abuse. “Many of these things happened to me personally. I truly hope Julie has changed but refuse for anyone to deny the fact that our dreams had been crushed and our hearts broken. … For her or anyone else in the room to say that meeting didn’t happen is appalling.”

Rutgers president Robert Barchi stood by his decision to hire Hermann, who on June 17 is scheduled to take over a program that is trying to recover from the negative publicity generated by abusive former basketball coach Mike Rice.

“Rutgers was deliberative at every stage of this process,” Barchi said in a statement. “Over the course of the search, Julie’s record established her as a proven leader in athletics administration with a strong commitment to academic success as well as athletic excellence, and a strong commitment to the well-being of student athletes.”

Former New Jersey Gov. and current State Sen. Dick Codey, who said former AD Tim Pernetti was made a scapegoat, blasted Hermann and Barchi.

“[Pernetti's] successor is someone who is an obvious liar, a flat-out liar,” Codey told The Associated Press. “She shouldn’t be the AD anywhere, whether it’s Rutgers or anywhere else. She should stay in Louisville and not come back to the state, and Barchi should go to Louisville himself because he is not a leader. It’s dumb and dumber.”

♦ Reds manager Dusty Baker offered his opinion about a weekend feud between pitcher Johnny Cueto and Cubs pitcher Matt Garza by telling reporters Monday that he’d like to see the players fight it out.

“Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with,” Baker said. “I always said this, let it be like hockey, let them fight, someone hits the ground and it’s over with. I’m serious about that.”

Garza was angry after Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus‘ head during Sunday’s game.

Said Garza after the game: “If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he’s got a problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll do the same. Hopefully, he grows … up. I hope he hears this. I really don’t care. I don’t know if there’s anything between him and [DeJesus], but I’ll stop it. I don’t think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don’t want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is.”

Baker said Garza might have been less confrontational had he not allowed four runs in four innings (although the Cubs went on to win in 10 innings, 5-4).

“Would he have been as upset if he got the win instead of potentially getting the loss?” Baker questioned. “If you’ve got something to say, you go over and tell them. Johnny ain’t running. That guy can say what he wants to say, but he can say it to his face.”

♦ Vikings running back Adrian Peterson raised a few eyebrows with his comments about gay marriage in a recent interview. Gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1.

“To each his own, [but] I’m not with it,” Peterson said on Sirius/XM NFL Radio. ”I have relatives who are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love ‘em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own.”

The topic came up when Peterson was asked about punter Chris Kluwe, an advocate for gay rights. Kluwe recently was cut by the Vikings and signed with the Raiders.

Peterson said he was “hurt” by the departure of Kluwe, saying the punter was a good friend, but he denied that politics played a role in the team’s decision.

“I’m sure the Vikings organization didn’t release him based on that,” Peterson said. “They know Kluwe. They’ve been knowing him for a long time. They know he’s outspoken.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 28, 2000, in a memorable matchup at Yankee Stadium, Pedro Martinez outdueled Roger Clemens and led the Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Yankees. Which Red Sox player hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for the game’s only runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Since last year, I promised to [Tim Duncan] that we will go back, go back to the finals and get an opportunity to win the whole thing, and I’m trying to do my best, try to be aggressive every night. I think everybody on the team, we really want to do it for him. We win the West and now it’s one more step. This is the hardest one.” – Spurs guard Tony Parker, who scored 37 points in Monday’s 93-86 series-clinching victory over the Grizzlies

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 – Consecutive innings with a hit for Jacoby Ellsbury, who doubled in the ninth inning Sunday to beat Cleveland then had a single in the first inning of Monday’s 9-3 victory over the Phillies, followed by doubles in the second and third

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, in her first WNBA game, already tied the league’s career record for dunks with a pair.


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