Rutgers dismisses Eric LeGrand from speaking at commencement

Rutgers has become the poster child for how not to run an athletics program in the public eye.

Athletics director Julie Hermann has embarrassed herself of late, stating football players don't give back to the school enough and for saying that she hopes the Newark Star-Ledger goes out of business in wake of recent layoffs.

Now, it's the entire Rutgers school with egg on its face. After former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pulled out of speaking at the school's upcoming commencement ceremony, school president Greg Jackson's chief of staff Greg Jackson called former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand about speaking at the graduation ceremony, according to a report from

LeGrand, who was paralyzed in a game in 2010, agreed to speak. But just two days later, according to the report, LeGrand received a call from none other Hermann, who told him that Rutgers decided to go with former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean instead, while mentioning she personally pushed for him.

LeGrand said he has not received a reason why the opportunity to speak to graduating students was taken away.

"I just want an explanation," LeGrand told "I wish somebody would have given me a call tonight and explained to me why. Then I can understand, but don't just leave me hanging."

It's obvious that a high level of dysfunction exists inside not only the Rutgers athletics program, but the university as a whole. Of all people to cross, LeGrand was the least deserving. Here's a player that literally sacrificed his body for the school's football team — with those in the athletics department profiting off of him and his teammates each Saturday.

Rutgers could have avoided the situation by making it clear to LeGrand that he was in consideration and not being offered to speak. Some level of miscommunication occurred and now Rutgers has once again embarrassed itself.

At some point, the Rutgers administration will learn, right?

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