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Did Rutgers whistleblower have own agenda?

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09:46 AM ET 06.15 | When former Rutgers coach Mike Rice hired Eric Murdock, the former Providence star and NBA journeyman should have been thrilled. Sources tell us Murdock was not the hardest of workers. He thought he was better than the position of director of basketball operations and was owed something more than the $70,000 Rutgers was paying. He was going to try to get it. One way or another, Murdock was going to get his. So in December 2012, about six months after his contract at Rutgers was not renewed, Murdock, according to an ESPN report, tried to pry a $950,000 wrongful termination settlement out of the State University of New Jersey. Murdock had a tape, a damning tape, showing Rice and assistant coach Jimmy Martelli physically and verbally abusing players. It wasn't a smoking gun, it was a smoking grenade launcher. Rutgers stood its ground. It wasn't going to get taken by Murdock. As it turns out, no one won. The tape was made public. Rice was fired. Former athletic director Tim Pernetti was forced to resign. The FBI, reportedly, is investigating if Murdock tried to extort money from Rutgers before filing the suit. Yesterday, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported it had obtained an 11-minute audio recording made on June 29, 2012, several days after Murdock was told his second, one-year contract would not be renewed. On that date, Murdock stormed into the Rutgers basketball offices and delivered a rant only Kanye West might envy. He bellowed that Rice treated his players like slaves. Murdock raged that Rice was always "cracking the whip" and when a player, "can't deliver you cut his toe off like ... Kunta Kinte."

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June 15, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is a perfect fit for the B1G. Trauma-Drama Galore. Intrigue. Cloak and Dagger. Front-page headlines. Yup, Delany sure knows how to pick 'em.

June 15, 2013  11:00 AM ET

That's the way it is in all sports.. we're human beings.. its in our DNA.. we're born to screw one another.. in one way or another

June 15, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Of Mice and Slugs by John Steinbach

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June 15, 2013  07:37 PM ET

I know that there are worse run Universities than Rutgers, but none of them come to mind right now.

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June 16, 2013  09:41 PM ET
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who gets a college Basketball job first?? Mike Rice?? Little Martelli?? or the Whistle blower tape guy??

It won't be Murdock. Which coach and/or institution is going to want someone who backstabs a coach/institution (rightfully or not) in order to satisfy his lust for power and/or money?

 
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