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Instead he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75,000 and ordered him to take anger management classes.
Barchi approved the punishment without asking to see the video, which he knew existed. He relied on his athletic director’s recommendation. That was a mistake, he said.
“This was a failure of process. I regret that I did not ask to see this video when Tim first told me of its existence,” Barchi said. “I want to apologize to the entire Rutgers community for the negative impact that this situation has had on Rutgers.
“I also apologize to the LGBT community and all of us who share their values for the homophobic slurs shown on that video. I personally know how hurtful that language can be.”
Pernetti did the next day.
“I was deeply disturbed by the behavior that the video revealed, which was much more abusive and pervasive than I had understood it to be,” Barchi said. “As Tim acknowledged on Wednesday, his decision to rehabilitate, rather than fire, coach Rice was wrong.”
Barchi said the school hopes to appoint an interim athletic director in a few days, while admitting he doesn’t know whether that person will come from inside or outside the university.
“I have admitted my role in, and regret for, that decision, and wish that I had the opportunity to go back and override it for the sake of everyone involved,” he said.
Pernetti’s biggest coup was getting Rutgers into the Big Ten, which means millions in additional revenue from TV contracts and more national exposure, especially in football. The move, which becomes official in 2014, should provide a big boost to the program in recruiting and season-ticket sales. The Scarlet Knights will continue to play next season in the Big East.
Pernetti, who hired Rice in 2010, viewed him as an intense leader who could turn the perennially underachieving program around. But Rice went 44-51 in three years and posted a 16-38 mark in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights went 15-16 this season, including 5-13 in the league. They have not been to the NCAA tournament since 1991.
Barchi said Rice was not fired for cause. Under his contract, that means he’s owed just over $1 million for the next two years at 75 percent of his contract amount, plus another $100,000 for completing the 2012-13 season as coach.
Also resigning was John B. Wolf, Rutgers‘ interim senior vice president and general counsel, who is believed to have recommended against firing Rice in December. On Thursday, the school said assistant coach Jimmy Martelli had resigned.
Murdock filed his lawsuit Friday, alleging Rutgers violated the state’s employee protection act and his contract. He said he wrote to the university in July about Rice’s “unlawful conduct,” and gave the university the video in November.
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