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I think Julie Hermann was an unqualified choice for Rutgers athletic director because she did not have a background with football. Furthermore, her moves have largely been to shift athletics resources from football to olympic sports, and this is an extremely unsound strategy. These actions, plus a lot of things out of her control, have led to a poisonous relationship with a lot of members of the Rutgers football community. Beyond that, she has made a lot of rookie mistakes, and it's pretty clear that she lied about player abuse at Tennessee because all of her players came forward a month before she was named to the athletic director job.

Based on the public comments of former Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti on the day of his resignation, I blame the Rutgers Board of Governors and other senior administrators for preventing Pernetti from firing Mike Rice after first seeing the video of Rice's player abuse in late 2012. These same officials then turned on Pernetti as a scapegoat to save their own hides after the video became public, and I feel extremely untrusting and angry towards my alma mater for punishing the innocent while letting the guilty go free in this matter.

In spite of all of this, I am extremely optimistic for the future of Rutgers University and Rutgers athletics in the long run. In spite of our collective propensity to unendingly keep shooting ourselves in our collective feet, we somehow make due and persevere.

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