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Report: Rutgers officials long knew of Mike Rice's abuse

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09:19 AM ET 04.07 | They first saw the video Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving, inside an office in Piscataway, N.J., but it was hardly the first time that senior Rutgers officials had heard of the troubling behavior of Mike Rice, the men's basketball coach. There was the upperclassman who earlier in the year had come forward to say that he felt bullied. There was an outburst during a game that led to Rice's ejection. And there were the months of allegations from a former assistant, who repeatedly claimed that Rice was abusive. Tim Pernetti, the athletic director, knew all of that and had repeatedly tried to rein in Rice, according to a 50-page report that Rutgers commissioned outside lawyers to prepare. He personally reprimanded him, attended Rice's practices and even assigned the university's sports psychologist to work with the team, the report said. Pernetti's decision not to fire Rice after seeing the video -- despite internal university documents that suggest he legally could have -- cost him his job, and has embroiled Rutgers in a deepening scandal during a time of tumultuous change for the university. But Pernetti is hardly the only person who watched the edited video and still approved of keeping Rice on staff until last week. The athletic department's human resources and chief financial officer saw the video, as did the university's outside legal counsel. At least one member of the board of governors saw it. Robert L. Barchi, the university president, has said he did not see it before last week, although at least one of his senior directors asked him to watch it.

New York Times

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April 7, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Be Part Of The Solution, Bros.

April 7, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Barchi ought to be fired as well. He was part of the problem by his inaction and Sgt. Schultz mentality.

April 7, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Ya think?

April 7, 2013  10:23 AM ET

April 7, 2013  11:10 AM ET

That's what I'm talking about. The resemblance is startling. Good one, D2.

April 7, 2013  12:17 PM ET

This sory couldn't have happened at a better time for Auburn fans.

April 7, 2013  01:07 PM ET

This one might work better...

SNL hit a home run here...

Saturday Night Live Took On The Mike Rice Video Tonight

http://deadsp.in/BmSIr8O

April 7, 2013  01:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This one might work better... SNL hit a home run here... Saturday Night Live Took On The Mike Rice Video Tonighthttp://deadsp.in/BmSIr8O

GAWD, Otis! What a hoot! Coach Kelly tasers the professor and her athletes? ROTFLMAO.

April 7, 2013  01:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

GAWD, Otis! What a hoot! Coach Kelly tasers the professor and her athletes? ROTFLMAO.

That one made my day!

April 7, 2013  01:37 PM ET

Appeared AD did his job and escalated to legal and admin at Rutgers. All he got in return was fired and made out to be the issue. President of Univ should have been responsible, not AD who did his job.

April 7, 2013  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This one might work better... SNL hit a home run here... Saturday Night Live Took On The Mike Rice Video Tonighthttp://deadsp.in/BmSIr8O

That was great....very good find Otis

April 7, 2013  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Appeared AD did his job and escalated to legal and admin at Rutgers. All he got in return was fired and made out to be the issue. President of Univ should have been responsible, not AD who did his job.

Sounds familiar.....coach finds out, sends up to President and then doesn't do anything else....

April 7, 2013  05:51 PM ET

What's the big problem here?

signed: Bob Knight

April 7, 2013  05:55 PM ET

Maybe these college athletic directors should get out and scout these coaches before hiring them???

April 7, 2013  07:28 PM ET

Let's save the term "abuse" for creeps like Sandusky. This was just an old school coach that went over the line a few times. Calling it "abuse" is a bit hyperbolic.

April 7, 2013  08:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Let's save the term "abuse" for creeps like Sandusky. This was just an old school coach that went over the line a few times. Calling it "abuse" is a bit hyperbolic.

There are many different forms of abuse. There's sexual, verbal, physical, psychological and mental abuse. I think the word 'abuse' in regard to coach Rice's actions applies here.

April 8, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

This one might work better... SNL hit a home run here... Saturday Night Live Took On The Mike Rice Video Tonighthttp://deadsp.in/BmSIr8O

That was funny

 
April 8, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

What's the big problem here?signed: Bob Knight

Mr. Knight, you actually won games. He didn't.

Signed: Mr. Athletic Director who kept his job

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