Tim Pernetti is out as Rutgers athletic director as Mike Rice coaching abuse fallout continues

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti at a press conference announcing the move of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the Big East conference to the Big Ten conference at the Hale Center. (Patti Sapone/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports)

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti at a press conference announcing the move of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the Big East conference to the Big Ten conference at the Hale Center. (Patti Sapone/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports)

The blazing path of destruction now-former basketball coach Mike Rice left on the court while chucking basketballs at his players has reached the upper ranks of the Rutgers athletic department.

On Friday, it was announced that athletic director Tim Pernetti was finished in that capacity with the school.

Pernetti was the man responsible for either firing or merely punishing Rice when he was originally given the basketball team’s practice tapes months ago. At that point, Pernetti elected to suspend Rice for three games, fine him $50,000 and work to rehabilitate the coach. Pernetti said he wanted to help Rice out with his anger management issues.

However, once the tape was shown to the world by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, there was no reasoning that was going to placate the academic arm of the university. There was no rationale that was going to bring the national general public around to his side of the argument.

Not to mention the parents of the young men verbally and physically abused by a Division I basketball coach.

Thus, the coach was fired, and now his athletic director goes with him. It will be a long road back to respectability for Rutgers basketball and athletics, but a clean house was necessary.

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