As this Rutgers athletics director scandal continues to float to the top, Louisville gets dragged down:
As if accusations of improper conduct by Julie Hermann during her time as a Tennessee volleyball coach two decades ago weren’t enough, the New York Times reports she’s at the center of an ongoing 2008 sex discrimination lawsuit involving former Louisville assistant female track and field coach Mary Banker.
In that case, the Times notes, Banker went to Hermann, then a senior athletics administrator for the Cardinals, to voice concerns about sexist behavior and “discriminatory treatment” by head coach Ron Mann.
While Hermann heard Banker’s claims according to court documents, Banker said she faced retaliation from Mann and was treated differently by him afterward. She ultimately went to human resources with her complaint and then was fired about three weeks later.
The school’s lawyers contend Banker was dismissed because of concerns about her performance, as she signed only one student-athlete, did not meet the minimum threshold for recruiting calls, and was “often rude and confrontational” in meetings with Mann, Kentucky Supreme Court records obtained by the Times indicate.
Fun stuff, for sure.
Remember when Shoemaker left the University of Louisville to go to Tennessee and was tied up with ethics problems within a matter of months?
And when Petrino fled UofL with no apparent issues only to be caught up in a hot mess in Arkansas?
And Robert Felner?
And the equine lady?
And the organ transplantation guy at UK?
And his underlings?
This is why Kentucky can’t have nice things.