Tim Pernetti to be removed as Rutgers Athletics Dir.

10:58 AM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
Tim Pernetti is expected to be removed as Rutgers Athletics Director
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(USA Today) Tim Pernetti is expected to be removed as Rutgers Athletics Director, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because it hasn't been announced.

The news of Pernetti's ouster was first reported by The Record. The university is expected to hold an afternoon press conference Friday to announce the decision. 

It will mark the first time Rutgers officials will speak publicly following the fallout from the videotape scandal involving former men's basketball coach Mike Rice who was fired earlier this week after ESPN aired a report that included highlights of three years of practice images depicting Rice physically and verbally abusing his players.

After the tape surfaced Tuesday, Pernetti vigorously defended his handling of Rice. He was grilled on ESPN's Outside the Lines shortly after the program aired the video montage, which showed the coach throwing and kicking basketballs at players, shoving players and hurling bleeped-out expletives at them, including gay slurs.

The explosive video clips were compiled and leaked by Rice's former director of player development, Eric Murdock, whose contract was not renewed last June. They were cut from practice footage over Rice's first two seasons.

But in announcing Rice's firing Wednesday, Pernetti admitted his decision to suspend Rice for three games and penalize him with $75,000 in fines rather than fire the first major coach he hired "was wrong.''


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