Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti first saw video of former coach Mike Rice abusing players in November. Rice was suspended for three games and fined $50,000, but it wasn’t until today, after national media attention, that the abusive coach was sacked by Rutgers.
Here’s what Pernetti said about the failure to remove Rice until today.
Sound like a guy who deserved to be named a finalist for AD of the Year? Many Twitter users think not and are calling for Pernetti to be the next one to go.
Rutgers University president Robert L. Barchi knew the video of Rice abusing players existed and reportedly backed the decision to try to “rehabilitate” him. Some Twitter users are calling for Barchi to be disciplined or fired as well.
Pernetti has been fired.
Editor’s note: New reports indicate that Rutgers University president Robert Barchi did not view the video, but knew it existed. This post has been updated to reflect that information.