April 5, 2013

Rutgers basketball scandal brings down AD Pernetti

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In this May 6, 2010, photo, Rutgers University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti, right, presents Mike Rice with a jersey after introducing Rice as the new men's head basketball coach.

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A timeline of the Rutgers basketball scandal

Feb. 26, 2009: Rutgers hires Tim Pernetti as athletic director.

May 6, 2010: Rutgers hires Mike Rice as men's basketball coach.

July 2010: Eric Murdock is hired as the basketball program's player development director.

July 2, 2012: Murdock is fired after he skips a youth camp run by Rice, according to a lawsuit. He says the university told him his contract wasn't being renewed.

July 11, 2012: Murdock's lawyer sends a letter to Rutgers' interim president and other university officials claiming Murdock was improperly fired in retaliation for discussing alleged misconduct by Rice.

Sept. 1: Robert Barchi takes office as Rutgers president.

Nov. 26: Murdock's lawyer gives Pernetti a 30-minute DVD of edited video clips culled from hundreds of hours of practice. The clips show Rice kicking and throwing basketballs at players, shoving them and berating them with foul language and gay slurs.

Nov. 27: Rutgers hires a law firm to investigate.

Dec. 13: Rutgers announces that Rice will be suspended without pay for three games, fined $50,000. He is also ordered to undergo anger management counseling.

April 2, 2013: ESPN airs clips from Murdock's video. Pernetti shows the video to other media outlets and to Barchi.

April 3: Rice is fired. Assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli resigns. A group of faculty members call for Barchi to resign or be fired and politicians call for Pernetti to lose his job.

April 4: Interim senior vice president and university counsel John Wolf, who had agreed that Rice should be suspended rather than fired, steps down from that position.

April 5: Pernetti resigns. Murdock fires a wrongful termination lawsuit against Rutgers. The chairman of the Rutgers board, Ralph Izzo, says Barchi will not be fired.

 

"Despite their obligations under New Jersey law and the university's own policy, neither the presidents of the university, the athletic director nor any other university representatives took any steps to assure that the rights of the student-athlete members of the men's basketball program were protected from assault (both physical and verbal), battery, harassment, intimidation, bullying, defamation and other unlawful conduct," the lawsuit states.

Despite the latest resignations and the growing troubles for Rutgers, Barchi got votes of confidence Friday.

In a statement, Christie commended Barchi "for his decisive leadership in coming to an agreement with Mr. Pernetti to have the athletic department of Rutgers University come under new leadership," he said. "This entire incident was regrettable and while it has damaged the reputation of our state university, we need to move forward now on a number of fronts which provide great opportunities for Rutgers' future."

Ralph Izzo, chairman of the school's board of governors, called Barchi "the right person to run this place for many years to come."

"Dr. Barchi was brought on here eight months ago with two primary objectives: No. 1 was to build a strategic plan for this university for 10 years, going forward, to lead us to academic success and academic greatness; and No. 2, an enormous challenge of integrating a medical school with this university. Being on the job two months, hearing from a general counsel and the athletic director that there was a serious problem, I think he did the right thing by acquiescing to that advice at the time."

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