Big Ten: Sean Frazier

Rutgers is hiring Louisville's Julie Hermann as its next athletic director, colleague Brett McMurphy reports. The Star-Ledger first reported Hermann's hiring, and an official announcement is expected later Wednesday.

Hermann, who currently serves as Louisville's executive senior associate athletic director, will become the second female athletic director in Big Ten history, following Merrily Dean Baker, who was Michigan State's AD from 1992-95. Hermann beat out Wisconsin deputy AD Sean Frazier for the top job at Rutgers, where popular AD Tim Pernetti resigned last month in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal.

Hermann has spent the past 15 years in Louisville's athletic administration working under AD Tom Jurich. She currently oversees 20 sports, including women's basketball, as well as the marketing department, the sports medicine group and the strength and conditioning staff.

She has a Big Ten connection (sort of) as a volleyball player at Nebraska, where she helped the Huskers win four Big Eight championships. She was Tennessee's head volleyball coach in the 1990s, and spent one year as an assistant for USA Volleyball.

Hermann becomes one of just three female athletic directors at a BCS-level program (N.C. State's Debbie Yow and Cal's Sandy Barbour are the others).

More to come on Hermann's hiring later today and this week ...

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May, 14, 2013
Your Big Ten spring meetings version ...
CHICAGO -- The Big Ten's annual joint group meetings are under way as men's basketball coaches, athletic directors and others gathered Monday afternoon.

The portion of the ADs' meetings most relevant to the Big Ten football blog take place Tuesday and Wednesday, so I'll have much more coverage on those days. Groups of athletic directors are scheduled to meet with media members both days, and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will make an appearance Wednesday afternoon.

A few quick notes from Day 1:
  • The Big Ten's bowl lineup will be changing beginning in 2014, and colleague Brett McMurphy has some more details here. McMurphy reports that the Big Ten and ACC will share tie-ins with the Gator Bowl and Music City Bowl during a six-year agreement, so three Big Ten teams would go to Jacksonville and three to Nashville in the span. They'll face SEC opponents in both games. The Big Ten had a tie-in with the Music City Bowl from 2002-2005. As reported earlier, an ACC team could replace a Big Ten team in the Capital One Bowl when a Big Ten team makes the Orange Bowl. Other bowls the Big Ten could add to the lineup include Pinstripe (against ACC) and Holiday (against Pac-12). Don't expect the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas to be part of the next Big Ten bowl lineup.
  • All 12 current Big Ten athletic directors are here along with Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, whose program joins the conference in 2014. Rutgers has yet to hire an athletic director to replace the ousted Tim Pernetti, although The Star-Ledger reports that the pool is down to two candidates: Wisconsin deputy athletic director Sean Frazier and Louisville senior associate athletic director Julie Hermann. A decision is expected later this week. Frazier has been with Wisconsin since 2007 and became deputy AD in 2011 after Shawn Eichorst left for the top job at Miami. Eichorst is now AD at Nebraska.
  • The Big Ten will move its spring meetings to its new office beginning in 2014. Coaches from football, men's basketball and women's basketball will attend on a rotation basis. Since men's basketball coaches are here this year, football coaches or women's basketball coaches will attend next year's event.