Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernitti no longer has his job. According to the Star-Ledger, Pernetti resigned from his job this morning.
Pernetti is the latest Rutgers official to lose his job after it was discovered men’s basketball coach Mike Rice had been abusing his players during practice.
Pernetti suspended Rice four months ago over the allegations, but did not fire him even though video tape showed Rice taunting his players with vulgar and homophobic slurs, kicking them and throwing basketballs at them.
In a letter to Rutgers president Robert Barchi, Pernetti wrote, “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.” He added that he regretted that decision.
John B. Wolf, general counsel at Rutgers, also resigned, as did assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli, who was twice shown shoving a player on the same tape that showed Rice’s abuse.
In a 1:00pm press conference today, President Barchi apologized, saying, “I regret that I did not ask to see the video” when first told about it, saying that if he did, the outcome would have been different. He also personally apologized to the Rutgers community as well as the LGBT community.
Should Pernetti have resigned?