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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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