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FILE - In this May 6, 2010, file photo, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti, right, presents Mike Rice with a jersey after Rice was introduced as the school's men's basketball coach during a news conference in Piscataway, N.J. The airing Tuesday, April 2, 2013, of a videotape of Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice over the past three seasons has Pernetti reconsidering his decision not to fire the coach. Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by a disgruntled former employee, and he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $50,000 and made him undergo anger management classes for inappropriate behavior after investigating it. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)
Tim Pernetti resigns as Rutgers AD over basketball coaching scandal
First Published Apr 05 2013 08:30 am • Last Updated Apr 05 2013 11:45 am

Piscataway, N.J. • Tim Pernetti resigned as Rutgers athletic director Friday, two days after the basketball coach he hired was dismissed for abusive behavior during practices — actions that prompted nationwide outrage once a video went public.

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In a letter of resignation sent to university president Robert Barchi, Pernetti said he hoped that his tenure at Rutgers "will not be judged by this one incident."

When he first saw the video of Rice pushing, shoving and throwing balls at players in November, Pernetti said he wanted to fire him on the spot. However, he said the consensus among school officials at the time was the actions didn’t call for dismissal.

The video was broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, showing numerous clips of Rice at practice firing basketballs at players, grabbing them by their jerseys and yelling obscenities in addition to gay slurs.

At a news conference on campus, Barchi said he regretted not asking to see the video when Pernetti first told him of its existence.


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"I want to apologize to the entire Rutgers community for the negative impact that this situation has had on Rutgers," Barchi said.

Pernetti said in his resignation letter to Barchi that he has "spent a great deal of time reflecting on the events which led to today. As you know, my first instincts when I saw the videotape of Coach Rice’s behavior was to fire him immediately. However, Rutgers decided to follow a process involving university lawyers, human resources professionals, and outside counsel.

"Following review of the independent investigative report, the consensus was that university policy would not justify dismissal. 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," it said.

Pernetti was given the video in late November by a former employee, Eric Murdock. With Barchi’s approval, he suspended Rice for three games, fined and docked him pay totaling $75,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes.

Barchi said Friday he did not see the video until this week, clearing up a discrepancy as to when he first viewed it.

The 42-year-old Pernetti is a Rutgers graduate who played tight end for the Scarlet Knights from 1989-93.

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