Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann wants the Star-Ledger 'to die' | Bob's Blitz

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann wants the Star-Ledger 'to die'

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann is not too savy ... and under fire yet again. Hermann spoke to a 400-level journalism class at Rutgers several weeks ago when the topic of the Star-Ledger's troubles came up.

"If they're not writing headlines that are getting our attention, they're not selling ads -- and they die," Hermann told the Media Ethics and Law class. "And the Ledger almost died in June, right?"

"They might die again next month," a student said.

"That would be great," she replied. "I'm going to do all I can to not give them a headline to keep them alive."

Sam Gardner adds:

In a statement to, Hermann said she made the comments "in an informal way" and expected that she was doing so "out of the glare of the media spotlight."

"Her comments were in response to a broad array of student questions on a number of different subjects and were reflective of her own personal experiences," the statement read, according to "She had no knowledge of the impending reorganization of the Star-Ledger and drastic changes that the newspaper would announce several weeks later, in April."

And you all thought Joe Benigno was stupid when he asked if she was a he? (Sidenote: WFAN source emails, "While Joe now has to think of Bob's Blitz every single time he does an interview...he may have forgotten a bit the past few days. On location, Benigno slipped up several times." Meaning he 'right, right, right, yep yep yepped' over a guest or two again.

*Update -- Julie is Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in Sports.

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