Rutgers AD Hermann Issues Apology to Fans

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann issued an apology to Penn State fans following what she described as “classless” behavior by a small group of fans at Saturday’s game. Rutgers released the public statement via Twitter Monday afternoon, two days after the 13-10 loss.

A small group of Rutgers fans’ thoughtless taunts and signage Saturday during pregame tailgating forced athletic director Julie Hermann to issue an apology to both fan bases.

Hermann reached out to Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour to apologize before releasing a statement via social media Monday afternoon.

The apology stems from lewd signage and t-shirts mocking Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case.

Hermann’s full statement is below.

“On behalf of Rutgers University and the Athletic Department, we would like to apologize for the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans on Saturday that do not convey the message of good, competitive spirit that we look forward to having with our new Big Ten rival Penn State University.

“Some of the signage and t-shirts that we have been made aware of were both inappropriate and offensive.

“I have spoken with and apologized to the Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour and I would like to apologize equally to the Penn State University fans, as well as Rutgers fans that were subjected to this classless display that does not represent the ethos of our university, athletic department or fan base.

“The two inappropriate pictures that appeared briefly on our Facebook page as part of a 200-picture montage were immediately removed when we were alerted to their content.

“It is unfortunate that the actions of a few spoiled an otherwise historic and recording-setting night that Rutgers fans provided for our first Big Ten football game.”

Julie Hermann

Rutgers Athletic Director.

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