On the Banks

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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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The Emperor Has No Clothes


The Big Ten is a bad football conference.

Syracuse HC loves recruiting violations


"If they're out there encouraging people to come to Syracuse, I don't see anything wrong with that. I don't think it's one of those situations that it's harmful."

Of course, Coach Shafer, the NCAA might disagree with you on that. I've always thought it was completely insane that Syracuse recruiting staffer Eric White actively encourages fans to inundate recruits on Twitter. Yeah, Rutgers wouldn't care at all if Kyle Flood wasn't getting destroyed on the recruiting trail, but this absolutely seems like asking for trouble and destined to not end well.

Always bet on football


as Dave likes to say, it drives the bus.

The changing landscape of New Brunswick


What recent retail successes and failures in New Brunswick reveal

Rutgers football facilities vs. the rest of the Big Ten


"Ohio State’s practice field is better than everybody,’’ DiNardo said. "Wisconsin practices inside its stadium every day. Rutgers is almost identical to Iowa. So no problem with their practice field. "Football facility, Ohio State is better, Penn State is better, Michigan is better (but) they’re better than Northwestern, they’re better than Illinois, they’re better than Purdue."

This is from Keith Sargeant's recent interview with Gerry DiNardo.

Just how badly is Rutgers screwed at corner?


Nadir Barnwell's suspension makes a terrible situation worse

More fireable offenses from Julie Hermann


It remains a continuing scandal that someone with such a long and consistent record of being anti-football and anti-student athlete, such as the esteemed serial player abuser Julie Hermann, remains the athletic director at Rutgers University. The latest outrage salvo comes from a recent interview on the topic of athletic subsidies, where Hermann sees no issue with exploiting players from revenue sports such as football and men's basketball to continue subsidizing non-revenue sports that are not independently viable to a considerable end. Those comments are bad enough on their own, reflecting a small time mentality about college sports that would make her a far better fit at a program like Monmouth or Farleigh Dickinson; not an enrollment behemoth about to enter the Big Ten where football crowds out everything else. The outrage is doubled however by Hermann's profoundly patronizing comments about her very own student athletes, claiming that they will just use the stipends to buy iPhones and designer jeans, in spite of very strong evidence to the contrary. Hermann just accused her very own corps of student athletes, which has received widespread recognition for some of the best academic performance throughout the NCAA, as being too irresponsible and stupid to manage their own lives without having their livelihoods stolen and reappropriated. By her, of course. As much as I support Rutgers University and Rutgers athletics, I could not blame any student athlete who, upon reading her sentiments, resolved to get as far as possible away from the banks as long as an abuser who literally has demonstrated her contempt for student athletes with her every single professional action during her career remains in charge.

Julie Hermann opposes cost of living stipend


Along with the most towards a new division of the NCAA for so-called power conferences. All in all, these comments together are quite disturbing, and fit in with the continuing narrative that Hermann has an agenda against football and big-time athletics. These two statements are not only directly contrary to the interests of Rutgers University athletics, which would greatly benefit from both, but also are definitively anti-student athlete as well. Considering Hermann's detailed, extensive history of abuse and disrespect towards student-athletes entrusted into her care, this continuing, consistent pattern of behavior is and remains beyond disturbing and troubling. The ONLY consideration should be the best interests of the student athlete. Period. Any other opinion is callous and heartless.

By all accounts, the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany are the meal ticket right now for Rutgers athletics. A sane, competent administrator would simply go along with Delany's plans. The Rutgers Board of Governors proved its incompetence in that respect in forcing out skilled athletic director Tim Pernetti as a direct result of their own failings, and his underwhelming, unaccomplished replacement, Hermann, is at least showing consistency with the board's incompetence by publicly defying Delany. This cannot be said enough: the best hope for Rutgers athletics moving forward is that her tenure is brief and abrupt enough that she doesn't start burning bridges and causing legitimate long term harm to what we're doing here with brain-numbing gaffes like this, or by adding the AAC logo to the football field this year; effectively slamming down the brakes on Rutgers's full-throttle embrace by the Big Ten initiated by Pernetti. Hermann just has to put her own stamp on things, even if it's stupid, incorrect, and ultimately self-defeating.

Does Bob Smith suddenly have a Rutgers problem?


The New Jersey State Senator's challenger in this year's race, Brian Levine, the Republican Mayor of Franklin Township, would seem to think so. New Jersey's seventeenth legislative district covers New Brunswick and Piscataway, along with neighboring, Rutgers-adjacent towns like North Brunswick, Milltown, and Franklin in Somerset County. Rutgers has a big presence all over New Jersey, Central Jersey, and especially Middlesex and Somerset counties, but arguably nowhere more than this district,, where the university is the prime economic driver of the district's economy.

With Steve Sweeney continuing his despicable anti-Rutgers crusade, it at minimum is fair for Levine to ask Smith how he can keep having it both ways. One can't be both a friend of Rutgers University and support the gutter politics of Sweeney and his puppet master George Norcross. This is not a problem for Levine, who is unapologetically pro-Rutgers. Smith, and other Middlesex Democrats, may soon face a hard choice however. Sweeney and Norcross need to be persona non grata in the county, with it being especially grating to seen the unwelcome Sweeney continuing to dare to show his face in the Hub City; the same city that he is trying to strip mine for the benefit for Rowan.

Rutgers athletics needs less oversight, not more


Whitewashed report completely misses the mark.

Steve Sweeney declares war on Rutgers


Fresh off an embarrassing, all-encompassing public humiliation in 2012, when the Rutgers Board of Trustees utterly annihilated George Norcross's plans to destroy Rutgers-Camden, Norcross's insipid puppet Steve Sweeney is at it again. This time, the incompetent, unqualified Sweeney seeks to dissolve the Rutgers Board of Trustees; a move that is completely illegal according to New Jersey's 1956 Rutgers Act. At best, passing this legislation will lead to a costly legal battle that Rutgers will surely win. At worst, it could lead to the privatization of New Jersey's state university to ensure that our cherished assets stay out of Norcross's grubby little hands. He wants to turn Rutgers into a patronage mill instead of a school. We're not going to let him, even if he was able to get away with stealing $49 million from the Rutgers budget to spend on satellite campuses.

Rutgers-Newark > Syracuse


The infinite superiority of Rutgers-New Brunswick to Syracuse is already clear and evident. In a bit of a surprising development however, it has now come to light that the Rutgers satellite campus in Newark is superior to Syracuse as well, with Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor deciding to relocate from Syberia to a campus actually located in the New York City metropolitan area. Guess she couldn't get enough of the Dinorsaur BBQ.What's also interesting about this is that Cantor is arguably more qualified than Rutgers president Robert Barchi. If they can get someone like Cantor for a satellite campus, what caliber of candidate will run the flagship in New Brunswick? This also does finally put to rest those ridiculous lies that Pres. Barchi is a racist and hates Newark, even though they never had any validity to begin with. Barchi is probably not a long-term president, but he does have a lot of job security given the importance of making sure that the UMDNJ merger goes through smoothly. if something were to happen though...that's a pretty nice replacement to have waiting in house.

Scarlet flags at half mast


Rutgers and New Jersey lose one of their own

Julie Hermann sex discrimination law suit


It never ends, as Julie Hermann was at the center of ANOTHER scandal at Louisville. She not only needs to be fired or forced to resign, she should have never been picked. This is easily the worst athletic director selection in DI history.

Demand justice for Tim Pernetti


"Everyone was on board with the suspension, including the Committee for Athletics, which included several members of the Board of Governors, and the president of the university to the point that Pernetti was effusively praised in December board meetings for his handling of the situation by all parties," the source said. "When the tape came out in April, although Pernetti shared in December that it would, they isolated Tim, and reacted to the media and the public outcry. Trenton had their hands in this too."

Demand justice for Tim Pernetti

Compare and contrast


The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators are offering unwavering support of Julie Hermann, in spite of the fact that multiple former Hermann players at Tennessee having taken to the airwaves in opposition to Hermann's consistent pattern of verbal abuse. Apparently to the NACWAA, treating women with respect and dignity is not a core component of feminism.

Rutgers may have violated gender discrimination laws


Multiple sources confirmed that committee co-chairwoman Kate Sweeney, who personally added Hermann to the list presented by Parker Executive Search, was intent on getting a woman hired, a plan so obvious that it caused some male candidates to pull themselves from consideration when they felt it was apparent Hermann was the clear favorite.

And now Rutgers is probably going to be subject to a hiring discrimination lawsuit. Pushing for women and minorities to get opportunities to be hired for one thing, but what Sweeney is alleged to have done is a violation of federal law.

Usurper usurped


A plot against Rutgers athletics blows up spectacularly

Rutgers flubs AD search with historic misfire


An epic debacle for the ages

For Frazier, a steady climb not without hurdles


Is Sean Frazier the right candidate for Rutgers?

Rutgers needs to do its due dilligence


It can't afford another scandal

No funding disparity between Rutgers campuses


Another overblown story fizzles out

ESPN, Christie are hypocrites


Double standards are abound

New Jersey state senator calls for Tim Pernetti's reinstatement


Ray Lesniak is probably the most prominent Rutgers alumnus in the New Jersey legislature along with John Wisnewski in the assembly. As of tonight, Lesniak is the first prominent New Jersey politician to call for Tim Pernetti's reinstatement as athletic director. As unrealistic (but deserved) as the possibility may be, at least someone is standing up for reason now. Steve Sweeney and Sheila Oliver deserve all the scorn that they can get as the public face of Pernetti's unfair ouster two weeks ago, but as Chris Carlin recounted, Governor Christie deserves plenty of blame as well. He promised Pernetti the world, and went back on his word when the going went rough. If Christie stands up for Pernetti, Tim would still be in charge as we speak. Regardless, Sen. Lesniak as in for a tough re-election fight this year in the Democratic primary in the 20th district (which includes Elizabeth and Union.) Given his courageous actions here, all Rutgers fans who live in that district owe it to themselves to vote for him this year. At the same time, Andy Sisti (the public face of the reinstatement campaign) should try to go after a few other politicians. Wisnewski obviously, and two senators in Dick Codey and Kip Bateman are prominently on the record as big Rutgers football fans, so they are probably at least worth a ring as well.

The real villains


Mike Rice is for sure, but politicians and the media shouldn't escape scrutiny.



It may be that Rutgers is waiting to fire Rice until after the Murdock wrongful termination suit is settled. If they fire him now, it could be construed as an admission of liability, a legal source told "Rutgers has to be very careful because to the extent it can be demonstrated they were on notice of what he was doing, that’s going to come back against the university," the source said.

That's what I've been thinking too.

Change coming for


A site reshuffling will be in the works.

Campanile promoted to replace Dinkins


The Prince/Cohen news is old at this point, although now they're official. Prince doesn't get a position group. What's more interesting is that Campanile replaces Dinkins as not only TE coach, but also becomes WR coach as well, which is rather strange. Dinkins is a decent recruiter, but you obviously need to get Camp on staff as a full-time NJ recruiter.

Transfer Nick Marsh commits to Rutgers


Is Rutgers not finished with its 2013 recruiting class? One report has Rutgers looking at a transfer CB. No one has any OL falling out of the sky, but it likes like a punter may have. Nick Marsh has played intermittently for Utah over the past few seasons, so expectations probably won't be too high, but it's only a year gamble. If the staff was willing to do that, why not go after the Albany transfer who went to Temple?

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