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Nov. 29, 2015 — An old problem

Today, it was announced that Rutgers University was replacing head football coach Kyle Flood was going to lose his job after a 4-8 season.

But what was unusual about today’s announcements coming from the state university of New Jersey was the fact that Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann, the leader of the entire athletics department, would be fired immediately.

Not at the end of the school year, not on the anniversary of her contract, but immediately.

Hermann had a lot of baggage coming from her time as the volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee as well as an athletic administrator at the University of Louisville.

That undermined her, especially when it came to dealing with the school’s football team. Failed drug tests, allegations of bullying, and crimes committed by football players hit the front pages.

The firing of Hermann is going to do very little, unfortunately, to make athletic departments around the country hire more women. She was only one of five female athletic directors around the Football Bowl Subdivision when she was hired three years ago.

But the timing of the announcement — right after football season — also does little to dispel the notion that football and men’s basketball teams are more important than the people who are supposed to have oversight over them.

As such, the events of today should be the call to arms for those looking to reform, revamp, and control American intercollegiate sports.

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