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Julie Hermann opposes cost of living stipend

Along with the most towards a new division of the NCAA for so-called power conferences. All in all, these comments together are quite disturbing, and fit in with the continuing narrative that Hermann has an agenda against football and big-time athletics. These two statements are not only directly contrary to the interests of Rutgers University athletics, which would greatly benefit from both, but also are definitively anti-student athlete as well. Considering Hermann's detailed, extensive history of abuse and disrespect towards student-athletes entrusted into her care, this continuing, consistent pattern of behavior is and remains beyond disturbing and troubling. The ONLY consideration should be the best interests of the student athlete. Period. Any other opinion is callous and heartless.

By all accounts, the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany are the meal ticket right now for Rutgers athletics. A sane, competent administrator would simply go along with Delany's plans. The Rutgers Board of Governors proved its incompetence in that respect in forcing out skilled athletic director Tim Pernetti as a direct result of their own failings, and his underwhelming, unaccomplished replacement, Hermann, is at least showing consistency with the board's incompetence by publicly defying Delany. This cannot be said enough: the best hope for Rutgers athletics moving forward is that her tenure is brief and abrupt enough that she doesn't start burning bridges and causing legitimate long term harm to what we're doing here with brain-numbing gaffes like this, or by adding the AAC logo to the football field this year; effectively slamming down the brakes on Rutgers's full-throttle embrace by the Big Ten initiated by Pernetti. Hermann just has to put her own stamp on things, even if it's stupid, incorrect, and ultimately self-defeating.

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