Rutgers University fired head basketball coach Mike Rice following the controversy over a video showing the former coach verbally and physically abusing players. Rutgers knew about the video for months, but decided to conduct an internal investigation first. However, once the video went viral, the university had no choice but to respond.
The school’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti stated, “I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice. Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”
That may prove difficult. When Eric Murdock first brought the video to the school’s attention, they fired him: Continue reading