Rutgers to hire new AD, Julie Hermann, in wake of Mike Rice scandal

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On Wednesday, Rutgers will finally fill the void at athletic director, as they have hired Julie Hermann, who was most recently the second in command in the athletic department at Louisville, as their new AD. Hermann becomes just the third female athletic director at a BCS school, joining NC State’s Debbie Yow and Cal’s Sandy Barbour.

It’s significant. Rutgers will head into the Big Ten as the only program with a female athletic director and the only team with a black men’s basketball coach in Eddie Jordan.

Rutgers needed to hire a new AD after Tim Pernetti was fired in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal back in April. Rice lost his job when a video tape of him throwing basketballs and using gay slurs directed at his players surfaced. Pernetti eventually lost his job as well, in large part due to the fact that he initially allowed Rice to keep his job when he found out about the video all the way back in December.

But filling the AD and head coaching positions weren’t without their issues.

In one of the more embarrassing moments that the school has dealt with, Deadspin did some digging and discovered that Jordan, one of Rutgers’ prized graduates, wasn’t actually a graduate at all, as he never ended up completing his degree. Luckily for the Scarlett Knights, having a degree isn’t a requirement to be a head coach in New Jersey, so Jordan’s job, as of now, is safe.

We’ll see if that’s the case in a few years if Rutgers doesn’t win games in the Big Ten.

Even Hermann isn’t without skeletons in her closet. From Tom Luicci of the Newark Star-Ledger:

In the case of Hermann, the senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at the University of Louisville, a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee when she was the head volleyball coach there is something Rutgers officials would have to reconcile if she is hired.

Assistant volleyball coach Ginger Hineline won her $150,000 suit against the school in 1997.

According to the Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel’s reporting on the suit, Hineline said she asked Hermann if she would lose her job if she became pregnant and that Hermann responded by saying “I hope it doesn’t come to that.”

“Julie and I had various conversations that discouraged me from becoming pregnant,” the paper quoted Hineline as saying.

Rutgers being Rutgers.

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Big South moving 2016 conference tournament

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The Big South is moving its 2016 men’s basketball tournament out of Coastal Carolina and a new site will be figured out by November. According to a release from the conference the Big South is using a league bylaw that stipulates that members leaving with less than two years of notice are not eligible to host championships. Coastal Carolina announced this summer that it would be leaving for the Sun Belt as of July 2016, so the Big South wants to find a new location that benefits teams staying in the league.

The Big South men’s and women’s conference tournaments are now also going to be split into two unique events, with the men’s championships being held Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6. The women’s event comes the next week from March 10-13. Bids for both events will come into the league and a new location will be selected in the next few months.

It will be interesting to see if the site of the conference tournament is moved to a campus site or placed at a neutral venue. That type of thing could alter how the NCAA tournament autobid gets played out. With Coastal Carolina coming off of back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, this obviously changes their approach to the postseason now that they have to leave their city.

Virginia Tech could redshirt sophomore guard

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Virginia Tech is trying to decide what to do with injury sophomore guard Ahmed Hill, who had surgery this summer to deal with a tear in his patella tendon in his left knee.

The 6-foot-5 Hill has still not been released to work out with the team, but he is about a week to 10 days ahead of schedule in his rehab. But the injury is still nagging enough that Hill might not be healthy enough to really contritbute this season. Head coach Buzz Williams is deciding soon whether he wants to redshirt Hill or not.

Hill started a team-high 30 games for the Hokies last season, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

“I don’t have a decision on (Hill),” Williams said to reporters on Monday. “I will make the final decision. I’ll let (him) and his mom be a part of it, but I want to make a decision using the wisdom of doing this for a long period of time. If you let a kid make the decision, they always want to play.

“Right now, I don’t feel comfortable that I would want to play him. It’s just too early to be able to have much more of an answer than that.”

It’s still a rebuilding year for Virginia Tech, but they do get Maryland transfer Seth Allen, who is a talented guard who can score. The Hokies were hoping to have Hill and Allen as complimentary perimeter scorers, but now the plans might have to be altered. Williams went on to say that he would like to make a decision on Hill’s status by Halloween.