Tim Pernetti is out as Rutgers' athletic director, according to a report posted on ESPN.com Friday, two days after video came to light showing men's basketball coach Mike Rice shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice.
The ouster of Pernetti follows Rice's firing on Thursday and the resignation of assistant coach Jimmy Martelli, who also was seen on tape treating players in a similar manner. The videtape was obtained by "Outside the Lines" and aired on ESPN.
More than 50 Rutgers faculty members had signed a letter calling for the dismissal of Pernetti for his handling of the Rice situation. Pernetti, with the approval of university president Robert L. Barchi, initially suspended Rice three games in December 2012 and fined him $50,000.
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