Rutgers University’s athletics director and another top administrator resigned Friday in the scandal over basketball coach Mike Rice’s abusive treatment of players, including the spewing of gay slurs. The administration had chosen to discipline the coach last December and try to “rehabilitate” him. But he was fired this week after video of his conduct was aired.
Here’s an at-a-glance look at the case:
Edited clips of practices from 2010 through last year were made public by Eric Murdock, a former basketball program employee at New Jersey’s flagship public university, who on Friday filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university. He shared the video with university officials in November, and ESPN later obtained a copy. With the network readying a report, athletics director Tim Pernetti released the video to other media outlets this week. The video showed Rice shoving and kicking players, throwing basketballs at them and spewing gay slurs.
THE UNIVERSITY’S INITIAL RESPONSE
In December, Rice was suspended for three games and ordered to anger management counseling over his behavior, but officials decided not to fire him. University President Robert Barchi signed off on the decision.
RUTGERS‘ RESPONSE THIS WEEK
Rice later apologized: “Right now there’s no explanation for what’s on those films,” he said. “I was wrong.”
Assistant coach Jimmy Martelli resigned Wednesday, saying he was “sickened that as an assistant coach I contributed in any way to an unacceptable culture.”
Athletics director Tim Pernetti resigned Friday. He said his first instincts had been to fire Rice but that after an administration review of an investigative report “the consensus was that university policy would not justify dismissal.”
John Wolf, interim senior vice president and general counsel, believed to have recommended against Rice’s firing, also resigned.