Original post (see updates below): Tara Sullivan of New Jersey's The Record is reporting that Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti has been fired, adding to the list of those brought down by the scandal over their out-of-control basketball coach—a list that might soon include the president of the university. Head coach Mike Rice was fired earlier this week, after video surfaced of him physically and verbally abusing his players, including shoving several of them and throwing basketballs at their heads. Rice's assistant coach, Jimmy Martelli, resigned on Thursday after it revealed he was guilty of similar behavior. According to the report, Pernetti may be allowed to resign, depending on how the school plans to handle his contract, which still has a year remaining.
However, that didn't silence the anger directed not only at Rice, but at school administrators who seemed willing to do very little about it. Pernetti was not only aware of the now infamous videos, but he had personally seen them and (allegedly) chose not to share them with anyone else; not even the school's president. Pernetti chose to suspend Rice for three games back in December and fined him $50,000, and hoped that would be the end of it. Obviously, it would not be.