Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - The Mike Rice scandal at Rutgers has reportedly cost Tim Pernetti his job as athletic director.
The Newark Star-Ledger cited sources as saying Pernetti became the latest domino to fall in the wake of Rice's firing on Wednesday. The school has yet to announce the move and the paper said it was initially unclear if Pernetti was fired or had resigned.
Rice was dismissed after videotape of his behavior during practice was released by ESPN on Tuesday. On Thursday, assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli announced his resignation for similar actions.
Pernetti came under fire because of his decision to initially suspend Rice when he first learned of the coach's questionable practice habits. Rice was punished with a three-game suspension and fined for his actions.
No details were initially given for Rice's suspension in December, but once the videotape was released, speculation grew rampant as to why the coach was not fired.
The videos show Rice physically and verbally abusing players. He shoved and grabbed players, while also hurling basketballs at them.
More to follow.