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Press Box: Rutgers postpones meetings with embattled AD

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Rutgers officials postponed their on-campus meetings with new athletic director Julie Hermann that were scheduled for next week, the Newark-Star Ledger reported.

It is not clear why the meetings were postponed.

Hermann was scheduled to meet with university administrators and coaches before starting the job June 17.

Hermann's recent hire has caused controversy because of accusations that she mentally abused players when she was Tennessee's women's volleyball coach in the 1990s. She was also at the center of a 2008 sex discrimination lawsuit at Louisville, while she was a senior athletics administrator.

She received a vote of confidence from university president Robert Barchi Monday, and supporters defended her as a strong leader and advocate for women.

However, some members of the school's search committee that recommended the hiring expressed dissatisfaction with the hiring process.

Hermann was hired after former AD Tim Pernetti stepped down in the wake of a video showing then-men's basketball coach Mike Rice yelling gay slurs and hitting players during practice. Rice was fired after the video went public.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Fresno State sophomore quarterback Marcus McDade has been given his release and has decided to transfer.

The backup to Derek Carr, McDade has the size and strength to run Fresno State's pro-style offence, but struggled to put it all together, according to the Fresno Bee.

The 6-foot-3 214-pound McDade appeared to have fallen behind redshirt freshman Myles Carr as Derek Carr's backup. Myles and Derek Carr are not related.

AUTO RACING

Fresh from a seventh-place finish in last Sunday's 97th Indianapolis 500, where he led 23 laps in his debut, AJ Allmendinger will return to a Penske Racing stock car in two Nationwide Series road course races this year.

Allmendinger will drive the No. 22 Penske Ford at Road America on June 22 and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 17.

Allmendinger hasn't driven a stock car for Penske since he lost his ride in the No. 22 Sprint Cup car after a failed drug test last year. Suspended by NASCAR, Allmendinger earned reinstatement through the sanctioning body's Road to Recovery program and has competed in four Sprint Cup races this season in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet SS owned by James Finch.
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