Rutgers New Athletic Director Accused in Player Abuse Flap

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Barchi said that Hermann underwent a "rigorous" vetting process.

According to the Star-Ledger, Hermann remained at the University of Tennessee in a different position for a short period of time after her players confronted her. She eventually left to become an assistant to the athletic director at the University of Louisville -- a post she held until she was selected as the Rutgers athletic director.

In April, Rutgers fired then athletic chief Tim Pernetti after an ESPN report revealed that basketball coach Mike Rice shoved, kicked and berated players with racial and sexual slurs. Rice was also shown the door.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said over the weekend that he wanted to gather more information about Hermann's tenure at Tennessee and the accusations made by her former players.

Citing Hermann's responses in the Star-Ledger, one Christie source told ABC News, "Her answers were hard to buy. It's hard to see how she weathers this storm."

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