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Rutgers President Calls Mike Rice Scandal A "Failure Of Process"
Published April 5, 2013
When asked about his own employment status in the wake of the scandal, Barchi deferred to BOG Chair Ralph Izzo, who quickly shot down any speculation as to whether Barchi should be dismissed. Izzo said Barchi is "the right person to run this place for many years to come." Barchi, when pressed further about whether he himself considered resigning, said, "I consider resigning every day when I wake up. ... I serve at the discretion of the Board. There is no term to my contract" (ESPN, 4/5).
Twitter was filled with reaction to the press conference. The Bergen Record’s Steve Popper wrote, “Oh jeez, someone needs to pull Barchi from the stage now. This Rutgers president is writing his resignation letter as he speaks.” SI’s Jimmy Traina: “Mike Francesa just played tape of Tim Pernetti on his show earlier this week saying Pres Barchi DID see the tape. Somebody's lying...” The N.Y. Post’s Mike Vaccaro: “Sure, Ralph Izzo is saying now that Barchi will not be fired. Which is exactly what Pernetti said about Rice Tuesday. Fired Wednesday.” The N.Y. Times’ Judy Battista: “Is there even one responsible adult in a position of leadership at Rutgers?” Campus Insider’s Bonnie Bernstein: “I'm confused. Pernetti says he wanted to can Mike Rice. Lawyers/HR ppl/outside counsel said no. Those ppl getting fired?#Rutgers.”