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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jimmy Martelli
Rutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program past an embarrassing coaching scandal and into its future with the Big Ten Conference.
Robert Morris hopes to address this week allegations of physical confrontations with players and former coach Mike Rice during his three seasons with the Colonials.
Just a few months ago, things could not have been more promising for Rutgers as it looked to bolster its place in college sports.
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.
It seemed a perfect fit when Tim Pernetti was hired as athletic director at Rutgers in April 2009.
Tim Pernetti is out as Rutgers athletic director, two days after the basketball coach he hired, Mike Rice, was dismissed when a video went public showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players and using anti-gay slurs.
A Rutgers assistant men's basketball coach has resigned amid a scandal over the way his former boss treated players.
Jim Calhoun witnessed basketball practices all over the country in nearly half a century of coaching _ including Bob Knight's sessions _ and said he never saw the likes of the video that emerged this week of Rutgers' Mike Rice.
"I am sickened that as an assistant coach I contributed in any way to an unacceptable culture," Martelli said in a statement last week. "Wednesday, I resigned from Rutgers and I hope that coaches on all levels will learn something important from these events. For my actions, I am deeply sorry and I apologize to the players from the bottom of my heart."
"I am sickened that as an assistant coach, I contributed in any way to an unacceptable culture. Wednesday, I resigned from Rutgers and I hope that coaches on all levels will learn something important from these events," Martelli said in a statement released by a law firm. "For my actions, I am deeply sorry and I apologize to the players from the bottom of my heart."