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Topic - Robert L. Barchi
A series of high-profile scandals have forced leading university presidents — including Ohio State University's E. Gordon Gee and Florida Atlantic University's Mary Jane Saunders — to resign amid unprecedented scrutiny.
A person familiar with the situation tells the Associated Press that Eddie Jordan is nearing an agreement with Rutgers to replace Mike Rice as coach.
Rutgers University took steps Thursday to publicly address the fallout from the scandal over its men's basketball coach, announcing an expected independent review and hiring a respected former state attorney general as the new top lawyer for the school.
The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs.
Just a few months ago, things could not have been more promising for Rutgers as it looked to bolster its place in college sports.
The burgeoning basketball scandal has cost Rutgers more than a popular, young athletic director, an interim general counsel, two coaches and a lot of embarrassment.
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.
Rutgers' coaching scandal spiraled deeper Friday, bringing down the popular athletic director and a school vice president while donors threatened to cut off their contributions to New Jersey's largest public university.
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.
A former Rutgers University employee who made public the video that led to the basketball coach's dismissal and the athletic director's resignation has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university.
When asked about it at a news conference Friday to discuss Pernetti's resignation, Barchi said, "It is an ongoing legal situation, and it is something that I simply cannot comment on."