In light of the recent footage of Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice‘s abusive coaching technics being made public by ESPN, coach Rice has been fired and In a press conference around 1:30 this afternoon today (April, 5 2013), Dr. Robert L. Barchi announced that the athletic director Tim Penetti has officially resigned from his position as a the athletic director.
At at the news conference this afternoon (Friday), Barchi cited “a failure of process.” He said he was given a summary report of the situation by Pernetti last fall but he did not see the video until Tuesday night.
“I regret that I did not ask to see the video when Tim first told me of its existence because I am certain that this situation would have had a very different outcome had I done so,” Barchi said.
Mike Rice was fired this Wednesday from his job, Jimmy Martelli, an assistant coach under Rice, resigned Thursday. John B. Wolf, the university’s general counsel, has also resigned, said a source with knowledge of the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly. University officials declined to comment.
Former NBA player and Rutgers former team assistant Eric Murdock, whose video sparked the crisis filed a wrongful termination lawsuit Friday in Essex County Superior Court against the university and its president, as well as Rice and Pernetti.
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