Rutgers Plans Independent Review of Coaching Debacle
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- Report shows how Rutgers botched handling of former coach, reiterates 5-year-old recommendations to improve athletics
- Video shows Rutgers basketball coach assaulting players and using slurs
- String of unseemly revelations about Rutgers athletic staff calls vetting process into question
- Rutgers president faces controversy on multiple fronts, including athletics
Rutgers University will commission an independent review of “the circumstances surrounding the men’s basketball program as well as the procedures used to investigate allegations related to former head coach Mike Rice,” officials announced Monday. The review will look at how Rice’s behavior was addressed, form recommendations on how Rutgers can “improve,” and should move forward quickly, President Robert Barchi and Board of Governors Chair Ralph Izzo said in a joint statement.
Four Rutgers officials, including Rice and the former athletics director Tim Pernetti, have been fired or resigned since video of Rice physically and verbally abusing players at practice was made public last week. Izzo revealed Friday that the chair of the board’s Governors Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics had – like the ousted officials -- seen the video back in December but failed to act, and at least one state senator called on him to resign.