Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann Notified of New Bullying Allegation

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2014

Nov 16, 2013; Piscataway, NJ, USA;  Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive coordinator Dave Cohen prior to game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
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The Rutgers athletic department is in the news for all the wrong reasons again.

Shortly after former Rutgers football player Jevon Tyree alleged that he was bullied by Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen (who is no longer with the school), athletic director Julie Hermann was notified by another player via email that he was also bullied by Cohen when the defensive coordinator was at Western Michigan.

Keith Sargeant of My Central Jersey reported on the incident.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 16:  Defensive coordinator Dave Cohen of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights yells to his team during a time out in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats in a game at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Pisc
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Tyree alleged that he was verbally abused and physically threatened by Cohen, which makes the email from the former Western Michigan player that much more chilling. According to Sargeant, the email included the following:

I pray for the young man that DC Dave Cohen is now picking on. I was once the target of Cohen at the University of Western Michigan where he was my dc before I too left the team due to the bullying I recieved (sic) from Cohen. Cohen made my time at Western Michigan the worst experience of my life. I could not believe a man like Cohen was in a position of power because he completly (sic) abuses his authority.

Cohen was fired on Dec. 8 following the conclusion of the Scarlet Knights' regular season. His dismissal was reportedly solely based on football only, though, because Rutgers allowed the most yards in school history in Cohen’s one year as defensive coordinator.

The Cohen and Tyree incident is being investigated by the Saiber law firm.