BY Shreg Giano
PISCATAWAY— Many professors point out that “your grade is your grade” and that pleas for extra credit usually will not help improve one’s grade. The same logic can be extended to sports games, where the score remains the score and nothing can be done in hindsight to change it.
This sad truth did not discourage Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann. After a humbling 28-3 loss at Penn State last Saturday, Hermann took matters into her own hands, emailing NCAA Vice President Mark Johnson the following:
“Hi Mark. Julie here. I hope your fall is going well. I’m forwarding you a letter I had Chris Laviano draft. In it, he explains how he was a little nervous playing in front of such a big crowd Saturday night and how he firmly believes he doesn’t suck quite as badly as he demonstrated. I fully support the score of 28-3 you assigned Penn State over Rutgers Saturday. But, if there is anything that our team can do to improve that score a little bit, I’m not opposed to doing it. I mean it.”
Mark Johnson responded by asking “What on God’s Green Earth are you fucking talking about? We don’t assign scores; teams play the game and earn certain scores.” Hermann proceeded to ask for an in person meeting to clarify.
“Can we meet in person to discuss this?” she asked in a follow-up email. “I’ll wear Penn State stuff so no one suspects I’m doing anything wrong. It’s fucking foolproof. Trust me.”
NCAA President Charles Henderson later dismissed
Hermann’s “pathetic attempt” to get a score changed post-game, adding that “never has such a ludicrous request been made in all my years working at the NCAA.”
Rutgers president Robert Barchi sent an email detailing the investigation to the Rutgers community. In it, he added his own commentary, condemning Hermann’s actions and pointing out that ignorance is no excuse to break the rules.
“Here at Rutgers, rules are in place for a reason, and it is my job to maintain their integrity. Athletic staff members are expressly forbidden from embarrassing themselves and the university. No, I’m serious; the rule Julie broke is that she made us look like a bunch of fucking noobs when we told her not to. I mean, come on Julie. We’re the laughingstock of the Big Ten right now and you had to also make us out as beggars? Fuck that noise. You trippin’, bitch.”