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    UNDATED (CBS) -- Another scandal is brewing at Rutgers University. Last month, the school fired basketball coach Mike Rice for abusive behavior. Now, the woman hired to clean up the Rutgers athletic program is under fire herself.

    When introduced as Rutgers' new athletic director, Julie Hermann promised to usher in a wave of change to a college program torn apart. She said in a press conference from May 2013, "There's no one that doesn't agree about how we treat people with respect and dignity and build trust."

    That trust was broken in April when video surfaced showing then basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players. Rice was fired and athletic director Tim Pernetti was forced to resign. Hermann says, "We will no longer have any practice anywhere anytime that anyone couldn't and be pleased about what's going on in that environment."

    But now, Hermann and the university find themselves facing new questions about the verbal abuse of players after a charge is made by volleyball players Hermann coached 16 years ago at the University of Tennessee. Kim Obiala, University of Tennessee volleyball player says, "It got personal it wasn't about the game. It was about attacking our character."

    In this 1997 letter submitted by every team member to then Tennessee athletic director Joan Cronan. They wrote, "the mental cruelty that we as a team have suffered is unbearable." They alleged they were called "....whores, alcoholics and learning disabled...." and wrote that "We have all come to hate the game we love."

    Kelly Dow played for Hermann and signed the letter. She says, "To give that much physically and emotionally and to just have it stomped on repeatedly, it's just everyone has a breaking point."

    At Tennessee Hermann was also sued by assistant coach Ginger Hineline. She claims Hermann fired her for getting pregnant and even joked about that possibility months earlier at her wedding. In a wedding video from the New Jersey Star Ledger, Hermann says, "I hope it's good tonight I know you've been waiting for a while but I hope it's not too good because we don't want you to come back in February with any surprises you know in the office and all. It would be hard to have a baby in there."

    Hermann left the university soon thereafter. She went on to become assistant athletic director at Louisville where she worked until being hired at Rutgers.

    CBS tried to contact Hermann but were unsuccessful. However, she told the New Jersey Star Ledger "I never heard any of this. Never name calling them or anything like that whatsoever."

    Officials from Rutgers University did not respond to CBS' request for comment, but in a statement released last week said, "We have looked at the totality of Julie's record in athletics administration and we look forward to her continued success as she leads Rutgers' transition into the Big Ten"

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