People often complain that youth sports is all about coddling kids: Everyone gets a trophy, nobody wins or loses, we’ve taken out the rigor in the name of self-esteem.
Square that with the ongoing saga in the Rutgers University athletic department. First there was Mike Rice, the basketball coach, fired in April after video emerged of him hurling basketballs and antigay slurs at his players. Now comes news that incoming athletic director Julie Hermann had a history of her own, as a volleyball coach 16 years ago at the University of Tennessee. Former players said she made fun of their weight, called them “whores, alcoholics, and learning disabled,” punished them with public humiliation.