Report details charges against new Rutgers AD

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to speak with Rutgers officials about a report that the athletic director hired to clean up the school’s scandal-scarred program quit as Tennessee’s women’s volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players complained she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says the governor is aware of the report about Julie Hermann in The Star-Ledger of Newark, but wants to get more details before commenting.

“He’s not going to make any judgments at this time,” Drewniak said in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday.

The Star-Ledger reported that Tennessee players wrote the mentality cruelty they suffered when Hermann was coach was unbearable, adding she called them “whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.”

Hermann was hired May 15 to replace Tim Pernetti, who was let go after basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for abusive behavior.

Hermann, 49, is scheduled to take over at Rutgers on June 17.

FOOTBALL: Everett Golson is out for at least the fall semester at Notre Dame, saying he has been suspended by the university for what he called poor academic judgment.

“I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community,” he wrote in a letter released Sunday by the university.

Golson helped the Irish go 12-0 during the regular season last year, regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time in nearly two decades and get to the national title game against Alabama. Coach Brian Kelly was counting on him to play an even bigger role in 2013 after his play steadily improved throughout last season.


FORMULA ONE: Nico Rosberg kept his cool amid the chaos to win the crash-marred Monaco Grand Prix and give Mercedes its first victory of the season.

The German driver began from pole position for the third straight race, but he had to re-start three times after the race was held up by a safety car, a red flag and the safety car again.

Rosberg finished ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton finished fourth.

French driver Romain Grosjean was handed a 10-place grid penalty for next month’s Canadian Grand Prix after driving into the back of Daniel Ricciardo’s car at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Grosjean, who crashed in practice and qualifying before the race, lost control of his Lotus coming out of the tunnel toward the end of the race and went straight into the Australian’s car.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Vincenzo Nibali of Italy coasted to the overall title while Mark Cavendish won the final stage in a sprint finish at Brescia, Italy, for his fifth victory of the three-week race.

Nibali took the overall leader’s pink jersey after the seventh stage and never gave it up. He padded his lead by winning the final two mountain stages in dominating fashion.

Rigoberto Uran of Colombia finished second, 4 minutes and 43 seconds behind Nibali, and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans of Australia was third, 5:52 back.

— From staff and news services

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