PISCATAWAY, NJ—Last night, February 1, Rutgers University held an exclusive event entitled “Meet the Coaches and RU Basketball Greats” as part of an initiative to renovate the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on Livingston Campus.
For $125 per ticket, and $50 for each additional guest, attendees enjoyed a dinner buffet and a cash bar, as well as the opportunity to interact with Athletic Director Julie Hermann, Men’s Basketball Coach Eddie Jordan, and Women’s Basketball Coach C. Vivian Stringer, along with the 1975-6 Men’s Final Four Rutgers Basketball Team.
Hermann, who was appointed by Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi last year, entered the position after the forced resignation of previous Athletic Director Tim Pernetti over the Mike Rice bullying controversy.
Despite the controversy, and calls for the return of Pernetti, Hermann had the fervent support of Barchi and the administration, and promised a new “healing process” for the already embattled athletic department.
With her appointment, however, came more controversy. Herman was involved in two employment discrimination lawsuits and a volleyball team she coached at University of Tennessee had made bullying allegations similar to those against Mike Rice.
Last night's event was held in the RAC, also known as the Louis Brown Athletic Center, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, immediately following the men's basketball team's 93-70 victory over Houston.
Portions of the ticket sales will be donated towards the RAC Revitalization Project, as a part of a larger initiative taken on by Rutgers University to renovate the thirty-year old arena.