Rutgers is turning to former dean Carl Kirschner to run its athletic department amid the basketball scandal that led to the firing of coach Mike Rice and the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti.

Carl Kirschner (Rutgers)

Rutgers president Robert Barchi announced the appointment Monday, just three days after Pernetti resigned in the wake of the scandal that has tarnished the university's reputation, caused donors to consider cutting off financial gifts and threatened the school with the possibility of being named in litigation after players were subject to bullying.

The Star-Ledger of Newark first reported the decision.

This is the second time that Kirschner will run the program. He took over at the start of 2009 after Robert Mulcahy was fired, and held the role for four months, stepping down when Pernetti took over.

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