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Ex-player backs up allegations against Rutgers AD

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  • FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, Julie Hermann listens during a news conference where she was introduced as the new athletic director at Rutgers University, in Piscataway, N.J. Hermann, hired to clean up Rutgers' scandal-scarred athletic program, quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players submitted a letter complaining she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse, The Star-Ledger reported Saturday, May 25, 2013, on its website. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

      FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, Julie Hermann listens during a news conference where she was introduced as the new athletic director at Rutgers University, in Piscataway, N.J. Hermann, hired to clean up Rutgers' scandal-scarred athletic program, quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players submitted a letter complaining she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse, The Star-Ledger reported Saturday, May 25, 2013, on its website. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

 
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A former Tennessee volleyball player has written a post on her blog backing up her ex-teammates' accusations that embattled Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann abused them verbally and emotionally during her coaching tenure in the 1990s.

Erin Zammett Ruddy writes in her blog that "our intention was to see Julie go because there was no way any of us could continue at UT with her at the helm. Our intention today is not to see her suffer or to take her down in any way." She says the players are telling the truth because they were asked.

Hermann is under scrutiny because following a report in The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., that alleged she was verbally abusive during a stint as Tennessee's volleyball coach that ended in 1996.

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