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Julie Hermann meetings delayed

Rutgers officials have postponed a series of on-campus meetings that incoming athletic director Julie Hermann was scheduled to be a part of next week, according to The Newark-Star Ledger.

No explanation was given as to why the meetings were delayed, the newspaper reported.

Hermann, scheduled to start as the school's AD on June 17, was expected to meet with athletic administrators and several coaches.

Hermann has come under fire since taking the job at Rutgers.

Hermann has been accused of abusive behavior toward student-athletes during her time as the women's volleyball coach at Tennessee, and The New York Times reported this week that she also was at the center of a sexual discrimination lawsuit.

On Monday, Rutgers president Robert Barchi gave a vote of confidence for Hermann, and supporters defended her as a strong leader and advocate for women after it came to light that Hermann had been sued by former Tennessee volleyball assistant coach Ginger Hineline in the 1990s. According to the suit, Hineline accused Hermann of discouraging her from getting pregnant. Hineline was awarded $150,000 in a settlement in 1997.