Ex-player backs claims against Rutgers A.D.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:00 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee volleyball player has written a blog post backing up her teammates' accusations that incoming Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann abused them verbally and emotionally during her coaching tenure in the 1990s.

On her blog (www.erinzammettruddy.com), Erin Zammett Ruddy wrote Wednesday that the players held a meeting after the 1996 season to figure out why they were miserable, and “we quickly realized Julie was the common denominator.” Zammett Ruddy said the players detailed their grievances in a letter they brought to Joan Cronan, the Tennessee women's athletic director at the time.

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