Rutgers New Athletic Director Accused of 'Abusive Past'

Julie Herman was hired to repair the school's reputation which was damaged by an abusive coach.
2:35 | 05/27/13

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Now, to the new trouble for rutgers university scand scandaled-scarred sports program. A investigation about the school's athletic director. She is facing accusations about how she treated her players. Gio benitez has been working this story overnight. Reporter: Good morning to you. And this morning, for the first time, we're hearing from one of julie hermann's former players. She and others describe what they called mental abuse. And now governor chris christie wants to know more. She's the woman rutgers hired to turn the athletic department around, following the damning video of coach mike rice, berating students, shocking the nation just two months ago. . Reporter: But thimorning, new questions about how julie hermann treated some of her players 16 years ago, at head coach of the women's volleyball team at the university of tennessee. Kelly was on that team. She told us we're fat, we're stupid, we're alcoholics. Not letting us shower or eat from our road trip to tennessee. Reporter:15 women spoke out in a report. Now, new jersey state senator, raymond lesniak wants her to resign. It was no longer worth the scholarship. It was no longer worth playing volleyball. We didn't care what happened. We could no longer play under those circumstances. Reporter: The women say in 1997, they detailed the alleged abuse in a letter to the tennessee athletic director. Hermann quit. Just days ago, craig wolff confronted her with the allegations. Her first response was, wow, that's not familiar to me. Reporter: And this, when herman just hermann was named athletic director, a reporter asked her about a video from a lawsuit where a assistant coach was fired after becoming pregnant. You know, because, the office and all it would be hard to have a baby in there. When asked about that video. There's a video? You said there's a video? There's no video, trust me. Reporter: And that lawsuit was settled, by the way. Meanwhile, we requested comment from hermann through rutgers and her assistant, but have not heard back. Did rutgers know about the allegations before hiring hermann. And we have not heard back from That video looming large in this case. We want to turn to paula

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