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More Rutgers Faculty, Sweeney Seek Firings In Coach Case

A growing number of faculty at Rutgers University along with Senate President Steve Sweeney are calling for additional firings after a video surfaced of the men’s basketball coach shoving and berating players with gay slurs.

 

 Rutgers University President Robert Barchi
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi (Elsa/Getty Images)

Coach Mike Rice was fired Wednesday.

More than 50 faculty have signed a letter calling for the dismissal of Athletic Director Tim Pernetti. They also want President Robert Barchi to explain why he didn’t fire Rice immediately after learning of the video in December.

Meanwhile, the number of professors signing a separate letter demanding Barchi step down has more than doubled to at least 28. That letter calls the president’s handling of the whole episode “inexcusable.”

The president had initially agreed with a decision to discipline the coach rather than have him let go. But he says he changed his mind after viewing the video this week.

Sweeney calls for Rutgers AD’s job

Sweeney said in a statement Thursday that the case will “hang over Rutgers like a dark cloud for weeks, months and perhaps years to come.”

He says he’s especially troubled that Rice is in line to get a $100,000 bonus for coaching through the recently finished season.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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