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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It looks like the latest embarrassing episode in the athletic department will not cost the Rutgers University president his job.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has given President Robert Barchi a public show of support, saying he has “absolute confidence” in the president who was brought in last year to turn the state’s flagship public university into a medical sciences powerhouse.

Some lawmakers are questioning Barchi’s fitness for the job after allegations have surfaced that incoming athletic director Julie Hermann verbally abused players when she was a volleyball coach at Tennessee in the 1990s.

It’s a touchy subject at Rutgers, where a basketball coach was fired and the previous athletic director resigned last month after a video was made public showing the coach yelling gay slurs and kicking players.

GEOFF MULVIHILL,Associated Press
KATIE ZEZIMA,Associated Press

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