Posted July 22, 2013

Report says Rutgers should take more control of athletic department

Rutgers made changes in their athletic department after a videotape showed physical abuse of players. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Rutgers made changes in the athletic department after a videotape showed physical abuse of players. (Getty Images)

A report released by Rutgers University after a scandal that led to the firing of men’s basketball coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti found breakdowns in communication as Rutgers learned about the coach’s physical and verbal abuse of players, reports the Associated Press.

The report wants the university’s board and central administration to take more control of the finances and communications of the athletics department.

The report came after Rice’s firing and resignations of former athletic director Tim Pernetti and the school’s top lawyer, John Wolf. Rice was shown on videotape being physically and verbally abusive towards players last December, and Rice was suspended for three games, ordered him to anger-management training and fined $50,000.

“We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that every student is treated with dignity and respect and that our Rutgers community remains a model of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” University President Robert Barchi said Monday in an email sent to faculty and staff.

More from the AP:

The analysis of what happened focused largely on late 2012, when Eric Murdock, a former member of the basketball coaching staff, presented the university with video compiled from tapes of practice he obtained from the school through an open records request.

The report finds that athletic director Tim Pernetti and John Wolf, the school’s top in-house lawyer, took the issue seriously enough that they hired a law firm to gather facts on Rice’s behavior and that Pernetti soon told Mark Hershhorn, the chairman of the Board of Governor’s athletics committee.


They'll find it difficult to exercise such control. In big-time NCAAB & NCAAF, considerable sums MUST go to the coaches and facilities from outside sources, over whom the institution may not do so directly, by law. Were those amounts treated as University funds, they would be subject to Title IX strictures as regards equivalent expenditures. The donors have no desire to spend additional monies on gold-plated exercise pavilions for the women's volleyball team, as is their right.