Rutgers President Under Scrutiny for Handling of Ex-Basketball Coach
NCAA College Basketball
New Brunswick, NJ
At least 13 faculty members are calling for the resignation of Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi for his failure to immediately act regarding the actions taken by former basketball coach Mike Rice against his players.
Rice was fired recently after a video surfaced showing him physically attacking and verbally abusing his players during practice.
Later, it was discovered that the school was aware of the incident prior to the release of the footage when former director of player development Eric Murdock turned over the 30-minute video to Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti on Nov. 26.
After watching the video, Pernetti suspended Rice for three games and fined him $50,000 in December.
The faculty members feel that Rice's firing came too late as he already tarnished the school's reputation with his action.
Meanwhile, assistant men's basketball coach Jimmy Martelli, known to players and coaches as "Baby Rice" resigned in the wake of the incident.
The school said Martelli did not give any reason for his resignation.
Martelli was shown in the hundreds of DVDs of Rutgers practices from 2010-12 grabbing, throwing balls, shoving and screaming at players, similar to what Rice was doing.
Rice and Martelli were both hired by Rutgers in 2010. It's unknown whether Martelli was disciplined for the incidents.
Dozens of outraged Rutgers faculty members are demanding the athletic director and president step down because they didn't fire coach Mike Rice when they first learned about the abuse that surfaced recently on video
Rutgers under fire for not acting sooner about abusive coach
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