Rice due bonus; More Rutgers firings coming?
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 7:00 pm
By REMA RAHMAN
and GEOFF MULVIHILL
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Mike Rice was 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.
Alumni, lawmakers and a gay-rights group are among those calling for an investigation into why university officials took months to fire Rice after getting the video from a former basketball program employee in a scandal that touches on two long-standing issues on campus: the role of sports and the treatment of gays.
“If the roles were reversed and this was a professor and not a coach and this was a student in the classroom as opposed to a collegiate player this would be completely different,” said Glenn Articolo, a radiologist who lives in Marlton and a 1991 Rutgers graduate. “There’s not a single employee at Rutgers University from the president to the janitor who wouldn’t be dismissed immediately. It seems there’s a double standard when it comes to the basketball coach or the football coach.”
Some alumni say athletic director Tim Pernetti should also be dismissed and some are questioning what and when Barchi knew.
In a statement Wednesday, Barchi, who took office in September, said he was told of the video in November and agreed that it would be appropriate to suspend Rice, fine him and send him to anger management counseling. But he said he saw the video for himself only this week, and it was then that he decided Rice should be fired.
Pernetti also issued a statement Wednesday, but he and Barchi were not made available to answer reporters’ questions.
Because he lasted the season, Rice is due a $100,000 bonus on top of his salary. He was paid $622,500 in 2012. Athletic Department spokesman Jason Baum said he’ll get the bonus for coaching the final game of the 2012-13 season last month because it’s contractually obligated.
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, a Democrat who spoke about the topic on several radio and television shows Wednesday, is calling for legislative hearings on the details.
Published in The Messenger 4.4.13