LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich spoke with reporters about his former associate A.D. Julie Hermann, and events surrounding her at Rutgers, during a ground breaking ceremony for U of L's new $18.5 million Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium for soccer. I wasn't at the event this afternoon, but here's a transcript of his brief remarks.
Q: Are you surprised at all the backlash for the Julie Hermann hire at Rutgers and how deeply they're digging into her background?
JURICH: Well, I think when you take these jobs you're open for scrutiny at all positions. I just think she needs to stay strong. I've told her to keep her blinders on. I know what type of person she is. She worked for me twice. She worked for me at Northern Arizona prior to getting the Tennessee job and then she worked for me the past 15 1/2 years. I have nothing but high praise for Julie and the job she did for me and really that's what I can speak to. I know Tennessee probably didn't end well for her, but it usually doesn't when you have a coaching change. I've never been a part of one that does. I think she's just got to stay the course. She's a terrific woman. She's very talented. She'll do a great job for them and nothing should change on their part.
Q: Any concerns on your part that she'll keep that job?
JURICH: That's up to Rutgers now. She's under contract with them. Her last day with us was May 21, last week. So I do nothing but wish her well. I think she'll do a great job up there given the chance. And I don't really have anything to say.