05.17.1311:00 AM ET

Julie Hermann to Lead Rutgers Athletics

Set to be only female athletic director in the Big Ten next year.

Can Rutgers University’s athletics program rebound after firing its athletic director and former basketball coach Mike Rice, who was videotaped shouting gay slurs and throwing balls at his players? The New Brunswick, New Jersey, school hopes to bounce back with Julie Hermann at the helm. Hermann, 49, is the third woman in a Bowl Championship Series program to head an athletic department. Next year, she will be the only female athletic director in the Big Ten. Even though Hermann was Louisville’s senior associate athletic director for 15 years, some are critical of Rutgers’s decision, since she has no direct football experience, which is a major component of the school’s athletics program.