On paper, the former University of Tennessee women's volleyball head coach looks like the type of visionary Rutgers needs to help its athletic program recover after a scandal at the school in April. But claims about her past paint a different picture about her leadership abilities.
Women who played on Julie Hermann's team 16 years ago are coming forward with allegations that could undermine her work before she even begins the new job.
In 1996, the team wrote a letter outlining the unbearable "mental cruelty" she inflicted, and accusing their coach of calling them "whores, alcoholics, and learning disabled." The letter was published Sunday in Newark's "Star- Ledger" newspaper.
Kelly Hanlon Dow was on a University of Tennessee volleyball team coached by Rutgers University's new Athletic Director Julie Hermann in the 1990s. Hanlon Dow tells Anderson Cooper that Hermann was abusive to her and the other players. "I never understood the motivation when she was screaming at us and calling us names," she says.
The accusations about Hermann's past are making headlines now because she was recently hired to help the Rutgers' athletic program recover from a scandal involving the treatment of players by basketball coach Mike Rice. Rice was fired in April and the previous athletic director, Tim Pernetti, resigned after video surfaced showing the coach's behavior during practice.
Rutgers University’s new athletic director is denying allegations that she was abusive to volleyball players at the University of Tennessee in the 1990s. Julie Hermann says she was an “intense” coach, but not abusive. Anderson Cooper speaks with Craig Wolff, the Newark Star Ledger reporter who broke the story, and Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports.
On Monday NBA player Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete playing for an American pro sports team. The center who played for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards last year made the announcement in an essay he wrote for Sports Illustrated. “By its nature, my double life has kept me from getting close to any of my teammates,” wrote Collins.
About two months ago, former professional soccer star Robbie Rogers also revealed a personal secret in a letter he posted online. It began, "For the past 25 year I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear. Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations."
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Rogers talks about the pain of living his life without family, friends and teammates knowing he is gay. He tried to embody the stereotypical macho athlete to avoid raising suspicions. "I went through the motions of having relationships and trying to convince people that I was straight." Even when he considered coming out, he was scared by the anti-gay jokes and slurs he heard in the locker room.
CNN's Ed Lavandera looks back at the murder case that could have disrupted Ray Lewis' career 13 years ago. He plans to retire after he plays in the Super Bowl for the Ravens this Sunday.
In his first interview on camera since the night two men were killed, Reginald Oakley spoke with Lavandera about the incident. He's selling a book about the deadly confrontation he and Lewis had with the victims after leaving a club.
"From my point of view, you know, I think it was self defense," said Oakley who was acquitted of murder.
Lavandera also spoke with Lewis' lawyer about the white suit Lewis was wearing during the fight - it has never been recovered.
Big wave surfer Garrett McNamara may have broken the record for surfing the biggest wave ever–a record he already holds. The giant wall of water could have very easily killed him. He talks to Anderson Cooper about his close call.
The anti-doping official who investigated Lance Armstrong for years and issued the report that torpedoed his cycling career now tells CBS News Armstrong lied in his interview with Oprah. He’s also giving Armstrong a deadline to come clean. Anderson Cooper talks to Betsy Andreu, wife of former Armstrong teammate Frankie Andreu, and New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur.
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