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Rutgers University athletic director scandal intensifies

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Rutgers University's new athletic director is under fire.

Julie Hermann told reporters on a Monday conference call that she has not considered resigning as Rutgers incoming athletic director.

Rutgers thought it was moving on from the Mike Rice era when it hired Hermann to be the new athletic director. She was brought in from the University of Louisville to try and restore integrity and pride to the Scarlet Knights.

But a letter was reportedly filed by Hermann's former players -- 16 years ago when she was the head volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee.

In that letter, the players claimed that Hermann repeatedly called them "whores", "alcoholics" and "learning disabled".

Hermann issued this statement during the conference call:

"I know the recently published story has caused distress. I was never notified of the reported letter outlining the concerns of some former athletes. However, I am truly sorry that some were disappointed during my tenure as coach. For sure, I was an intense coach, but there is a cast difference between high intensity and abusive behavior," said Hermann.    

Earlier this year, a video surfaced showing Rutgers men's basketball Mike Rice's physically and verbally attacking his players. A few days later, Rice was fired and Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, who originally brought him to the school – resigned.

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi issued a statement Monday:

"Julie Hermann's appointment as the next Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Rutgers University followed a rigorous and consultative selective process to ensure we had the best person for the position. We look forward to her joining Rutgers and leading the university through the coming transition to the Big Ten."    

"I think she should stay because they're going to keep a close eye on her anyway, so just give her a shot," said one Rutgers student.

Over the weekend, Fox 5 spoke with Anne Kordes, who had known Hermann for 15 years and recently worked under her at the University of Louisville.

"It just contradicts the story that all of us at the University of Louisville know. Her management style, the way she handles people is just one full of care and concern," said Kordes.

And earlier this month, Rutgers came under fire for claiming new men's basketball coach Eddie Jordan was a Rutgers graduate when, in fact, he did not have his degree.  

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie plans to examine the appointment of Julie Hermann before she takes over on June 17th.

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