NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rutgers University took steps Thursday to publicly address the administrative fallout from the scandal over its men’s basketball coach, announcing an expected independent review and hiring a new top lawyer for the school.
The university will hire lawyers to do the review and the board of governors said it intends to learn how to better run the school from the lessons in the report.
Former and current Rutgers students went before the university’s board of governors on Thursday to discuss how the university handled the Mike Rice scandal.
Basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended, fined and ordered to anger management counseling in December after a former basketball program employee gave school officials a video showing Rice hitting and kicking players and using gay slurs as he yelled at them during practice.
ESPN reported on the video last week, and Rice was fired, an assistant coach resigned and so did Tim Pernetti, the school’s popular 42-year-old athletic director. Pernetti, who was named last month as one of five finalists for the Sports Business Journal’s athletic director of the year award, said in his letter of resignation that his first instinct last November was to fire Rice. But it’s not clear whether he recommended that to anyone else.