Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan is moving to Rutgers University to succeed Mike Rice, who was fired as the school’s men’s basketball coach after video showed him physically and verbally abusing players.
More than half of New Jerseyans questioned say that Rutgers University delayed firing men’s basketball coach Mike Rice because it might have affected the school’s inclusion in the Big Ten conference, a poll by Seton Hall University said.
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi accepted his athletic director’s resignation and vowed to keep his own job amid growing uproar by faculty and politicians over the handling of a basketball coach’s abuse of players.
Two months into his presidency at Rutgers University, Robert Barchi was overseeing the largest reorganization at U.S. public colleges, including a medical school merger. In a fateful decision, he chose not to watch a video of the men’s basketball coach abusing players that later horrified the nation.
From professors to politicians, questions flowed on whether Rutgers University President Robert Barchi and Athletic Director Tim Pernetti deserve the same fate as the basketball coach they fired yesterday.
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi resisted calls to resign as Athletic Director Tim Pernetti stepped down and blamed administrators for not letting him immediately fire the basketball coach for abusing players.