Rutgers fires Julie Hermann from athletic director position

Just more than two years after she was hired, Julie Hermann has been fired from her position as Rutgers' athletic director.

University President Robert L. Barchi relieved Hermann of her duties Sunday afternoon in a meeting at his Piscataway home near the Rutgers football team's practice fields on Busch campus, according to an NJ Advance Media report.

No decision has been publicly announced by Barchi or University administration as of the time this article was published.

In a turbulent tenure as the athletic director from the moment she was hired on May 3, 2013, the decision to part ways with Hermann ultimately came from the Rutgers football team's tumultuous season on and off the field. 

Following the arrests of now former football players earlier in the season and the three-game suspension of head football coach Kyle Flood for impermissible contact with a faculty member, the University hired an external law firm from Kansas for a top-to-bottom investigation of the program.

As NJ Advance Media first reported, the University's Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance conducted the investigation surrounding the potential failed drug tests and other violations that may merit NCAA infractions. 

Upon her hire in a contract signing her through June 30, 2018, Hermann had a base salary of $450,000 annually with up to $50,000 more in bonuses to be determined through academic and athletic achievement by Barchi.

Continue to follow along for more updates to this story as it develops. For updates on the Rutgers football team, follow @GarrettStepien on Twitter.

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