PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers on Wednesday named Julie Hermann its new athletic director, and the former No. 2 athletic administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program following the ouster of its men's basketball coach and the resignation of other officials.
Hermann replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them.
"No one on the coaching staff doesn't believe that we need to be an open book, that we will no longer have any practice, anywhere at any time, that anybody couldn't walk into and be pleased about what's going on in that environment. It is a new day. It is already fixed," Hermann said.
Hermann will be paid $450,000 annually as a base salary with $50,000 in incentives and $35,000 contributed to a deferred-compensation plan, according to a university release.
Pernetti received $1.2 million in salary, plus an iPad, car allowance, and more than two years of health insurance coverage under a settlement agreement.
Hermann becomes the first woman to head Rutgers' athletic program and one of three female ADs at the schools that make up the 124 playing at college football's top tier.
Rutgers will join the Big Ten in 2014, and Hermann said the Scarlet Knights won't try to match schools with big-time programs, such as Michigan, dollar for dollar. The athletics program has come under criticism for spending millions on expanding its football stadium.
"We do not need to spend what Michigan spends. I don't know how they spend all that money," Hermann said. "We will do more with less."