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UPDATE: Rutgers AD resigns amid basketball video scandal

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- The Rutgers basketball scandal claimed two more university officials on Friday, including the athletic director and an interim senior vice president who were involved in a decision to "rehabilitate" rather than fire the coach whose abusive behavior was captured on a video.

University president Robert Barchi's job appeared to be safe after getting a public nod of support from the school's board of governors.

The day began with a letter of resignation sent to Barchi by AD Tim Pernetti, who said he hoped his tenure at Rutgers "will not be judged by this one incident."

When he first saw the video of coach Mike Rice pushing, shoving and throwing balls at players in November, Pernetti said he wanted to fire him on the spot. However, he said the consensus among school officials at the time was that it didn't warrant dismissal.

The video, shown Tuesday on ESPN, prompted outrage not only on the Rutgers campus but nationwide. It also includes obscenities gay slurs, which the campus is especially sensitive because of the suicide by student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off a bridge days after his roommate used a webcam to see him kissing another man.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Associated Press(AP) reports Tim Pernetti is out as Rutgers athletic director, two days after he fired the university's mens basketball coach Mike Rice.

The AP is citing a person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made yet. The school has scheduled a campus news conference for noon CST.

Pernetti fired Rice Wednesday, after a video that went public that showed Rice shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using anti-gay slurs. Pernetti was first given the video in November by a former employee of the basketball program.

Pernetti's original punishment for Rice was a three-game suspension, a $75,000 fine and an order to attend anger management classes. The punishment was also approved by university president Robert Barchi.

But after the video was broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, criticism came in from across the nation.

Pernetti is 42 years old and a New Jersey native. He graduated from Rutgers and played tight end for the Scarlet Knights from 1989-93.

Pernetti did not speak to the media Wednesday or Thursday. Also Thursday, assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli resigned.

There had been growing calls for Pernetti to be fired, coming from Rutgers faculty and state legislators. But Pernetti also had his supporters, among them prominent former Rutgers athletes like Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Pernetti was credited with helping to orchestrate the school's 2014 move to the Big Ten, which will lead to additional revenue for the university by way of television contracts and more national exposure, especially in football.

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