Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti (by Patti Sapone, USA Today Sports)
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - The Mike Rice scandal at Rutgers has reportedly
cost Tim Pernetti his job as athletic director.
The Newark Star-Ledger cited sources as saying Pernetti became the latest
domino to fall in the wake of Rice's firing on Wednesday. The school has yet
to announce the move and the paper said it was initially unclear if Pernetti
was fired or had resigned.
Rice was dismissed after videotape of his behavior during practice was
released by ESPN on Tuesday. On Thursday, assistant basketball coach Jimmy
Martelli announced his resignation for similar actions.
Pernetti came under fire because of his decision to initially suspend Rice
when he first learned of the coach's questionable practice habits. Rice was
punished with a three-game suspension and fined for his actions.
No details were initially given for Rice's suspension in December, but once
the videotape was released, speculation grew rampant as to why the coach was
The videos show Rice physically and verbally abusing players. He shoved and
grabbed players, while also hurling basketballs at them.
More to follow.
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