NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mike Rice may have been fired as the Rutgers men’s basketball coach after a video surfaced showing him shoving players and berating them with gay slurs, but critics said New Jersey’s flagship public university still has more explaining — and maybe some more firing — to do.
A group of 13 faculty members Wednesday demanded that university President Robert Barchi resign for his “inexcusable handling” of the situation.
Some said athletic director Tim Pernetti should also be dismissed and some are questioning what Barchi knew, and when.
“He clearly knew about this tape. He knew about these actions of Coach Rice and yet, he not only did nothing, Coach Rice stayed on the payroll,” English professor Belinda Edmundson told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
Rutgers assistant men’s basketball coach Jimmy Martelli also resigned, Rutgers University confirmed on Wednesday.
Rice is owed a $100,000 bonus for completing the 2012-13 season, which a Rutgers spokesman said the school is contractually obligated to pay. He wouldn’t be collecting it if he had been let go back in December when the university first saw the video.