Julie Hermann wins over Rutgers boosters

New Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann. (Mel Evans/AP)

Embattled new Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann took a step towards cleaning up her image Thursday night when she met with a group of boosters and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.

Don Musso, one of those boosters at the get-together, told the Newark Star-Ledger that Hermann "started the healing process" at the three-and-a-half hour meeting, which took place at a restaurant in New Brunswick.

Hermann acknowledged that she has much more work to do in order to fix her reputation. She also has to fix the long-running financial woes in Rutgers' athletic department, which will be part of the Big Ten starting in 2014.

"I understand I have to walk in that office every day and prove myself for a long, long time," Hermann told the Star-Ledger.

Hermann also said her aim is to meet "at least 300" donors, and that she "wouldn’t even attempt to judge" her success until that happens.

Read more from the Newark Star-Ledger here.