Tim Pernetti: Out As Rutgers’ Athletic Director After Mike Rice’s Firing

Fri, April 5, 2013 10:53am EST by 2 Comments
Tim Pernetti Fired
Courtesy of ESPN

Rutgers’ men basketball coach Mike Rice paid the price for physically and verbally abusing his players, and now the university’s athletic director is out of his job as well.

Two days after a video emerged of Rutgers’ men’s basketball coach Mike Rice pushing, grabbing, throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice, it’s revealed that the athletic director, Tim Pernetti, also lost his job.

Tim Pernetti Out Of A Job — Rutgers’ Athletic Director Pays The Price For Mike Rice’s Behavior

It’s unclear if Tim was fired or resigned, but his future was decided by the school on April 4, according to ESPN.

Tim’s termination comes after Mike’s firing on April 3, and the resignation of assistant coach Jimmy Martelli, who was also spotted treated players in a crude manner on video.

Rutgers Vs. Tim Pernetti — Faculty Pushed For The Athletic Director To Be Dismissed

More than 50 faculty members at Rutgers University signed a letter calling for Tim’s dismissal based on how he handled the Mike Rice situation.

Tim initially suspended Mike for three games in December 2012 and fined him $50,000 after witnessing similar behavior towards the basketball players.

“This incident will continue to hang over Rutgers like a dark cloud for weeks, months and perhaps years to come,” Stephen Sweeney, the president of the state Senate, said on April 4. “It seems pretty clear that things were not handled well from the start.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Tim deserved to lose his job over Mike’s actions?

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