Rutgers, embroiled in the fallout from a college basketball scandal, will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT Friday to announce that Tim Pernetti will be fired as athletic director, according to multiple reports citing anonymous sources.
Pernetti and university President Robert Barchi have both come under fire from faculty and New Jersey lawmakers for a failure to report abusive behavior by men's basketball coach Mike Rice, who was disciplined last year after an independent internal investigation.
Rice was fired Wednesday after video was aired Tuesday on ESPN showing him hitting, shoving and throwing basketballs at players. Rice also used gay slurs during verbal attacks on his players. Eric Murdock, former director of player development, made the original complaint and provided video to Rutgers administrators last year.
Pernetti and Barchi suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes following the investigation.