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Hermann, Rutgers coaches meet

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers incoming athletic director Julie Hermann visited the campus Wednesday and was to meet with coaches and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney.

The embattled Hermann, whose appointment has come under fire since it was discovered that players on the University of Tennessee volleyball team she coached in 1997 complained she had been verbally and emotionally abusive, also plans to hold a news conference at 4 p.m.

Hermann, who is to start at Rutgers on June 17, has denied the allegations. She said that she had not heard of the letter until last week.

Her visit is another clear indication that university president Robert Barchi is not backing down from Hermann's appointment despite calls from state politicians, who are upset that she was not vetted properly.

The university's board of governors has the right to replace Hermann, but the school would probably owe her $2.25 million based on her five-year, $450,000 contract.

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