Posted May 29, 2013

Report: Rutgers paid $70,000 for background check of embattled AD Julie Hermann

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Julie Hermann and Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi have come under fire for her hiring. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Julie Hermann and Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi have come under fire for her hiring. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Rutgers paid a firm $70,000 to perform a background check that did not uncover accusations of verbal and emotional abuse from former players against new athletics director Julie Hermann, according to a report by the Asbury Park Press.

A contract obtained by the Press shows Rutgers hired Parker Executive Search to advertise the opening, identify candidates and perform background checks.

From the Press:

Laurie Wilder, executive vice president of Parker Executive Search, who signed the three-page agreement, declined an interview request for this story, saying in an email, “We do not discuss our clients publicly.’’

Rutgers has come under fire for months of missteps in the handling and hiring of two men’s basketball coaches, and the vetting of Hermann, a former senior athletics administrator at Louisville and Tennessee volleyball coach:

  • The New York Times reported Tuesday that Hermann was at the center of a sex discrimination lawsuit at Louisville after an assistant track and field coach alleged she went to Hermann to complain of  sexist behavior and “discriminatory treatment” by the head coach. The assistant coach, Mary Banker, was fired after taking her complaints to Louisville’s human resources department.
  • The Star-Ledger also reported a jury forced Hermann to pay $150,000 in a lawsuit filed by former assistant coach Ginger Hineline. Hineline alleged Hermann told her not to have a child while working as a Tennessee coach. Hineline filed the lawsuit after she was fired. Hermann denied the firing was connected to Hineline’s pregnancy.

Despite the revelations, Hermann said she has no plans to resign.

ROSENBERG: Does Rutgers even know how to run an athletic department? 

Rutgers hoped the hiring of Hermann would help the university and its athletic programs pull itself out of controversy initiated when the school decided not to fire men’s basketball coach Mike Rice despite video proof of him physcially and verbally abusing his players during practices.

The release of the videos made Rice’s actions public, he was fired and athletic director Tim Pernetti was forced out.

Early in May, Rutgers hired Eddie Jordan to lead the program into its move to the Big Ten only to have Deadspin uncover the school’s claim that the former Knights star was a Rutgers graduate was not true.


14 comments
MikeCoffey
MikeCoffey

Geez. They didn't spent $70K on a background check. The $70K was for the entire recruiting effort, of which the background check is a small part. Here's what they should have done and what it would have cost to do it right: http://www.imperativeinfo.com/?p=2354

Mag533
Mag533

What a bunch of dopes.

hddh
hddh

They should have hired Gene Parmesan to conduct the background check. That guy's everywhere

aaronfarber9
aaronfarber9

seriously a lexis nexis subscription would've brought a lot of this up. 5 dollars a search. a lot of these exec search firms are bs.

DjangoZeaman
DjangoZeaman

"We picked a terrible week to quit smoking" - entire administration at Rutgers

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Did Rutgers get a 90-day money back guarantee?

JeffShields
JeffShields

$70K just doesn't get you much these days. And who the hell interviewed and trained the responsible employees who performed the background check on Hermann? And Parker Executive Search might spend that $70K and hire a PR firm because they may have a difficult time finding new clients.

muser
muser

This would be a good time for the up and coming talent at Parker Executive Search to go start their own firm....

sameo
sameo

Can anyone who has played sports in Jr. high, high school and/or college have a coach that wasn't somewhat abusive, ie. scream at you, helmet slap something that would get your attention. Admittedly I played in the 60's and coaching was somewhat more hands on.

DjangoZeaman
DjangoZeaman

@JBHouse "Rumors about the real reason for Hermann's resignation are as plentiful as

traffic problems are on football Saturday in Knoxville." - that is what is called a "red flag". Wow.

riley8
riley8

@sameo It seems to be hands on at Penn State also.