Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti at a press conference announcing the move of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the Big East conference to the Big Ten conference at the Hale Center.
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(USA TODAY) Two days after the university dismissed men's basketball coach Mike Rice, Rutgers has fired athletic director Tim Pernetti, according to an ESPN report.
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Pernetti came under heavy scrutiny last November for Rutgers' decision to suspend Rice for three games and levy a $50,000 fine after seeing video of Rice shoving players, throwing basketball at players and using gay slurs.
Assistant coach Jimmy Martelli, who had displayed a similar coaching style during Rutgers' practices, resigned from his position yesterday.
"I am sickened that as an assistant coach I contributed in any way to an unacceptable culture," Martelli said in a statement given to The Associated Press. "Wednesday I resigned from Rutgers and I hope that coaches on all levels will learn something important from these events. For my actions, I am deeply sorry and I apologize to the players from the bottom of my heart."
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