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Former Rutgers AD Pernetti Paid $7M To End Marketing Deal With Nelligan Sports
Published April 11, 2013
SUPPORTIVE AT FIRST: In Newark, Sherman & Heyboer cite minutes from a closed-door meeting in December between Pernetti and top Rutgers officials regarding the suspension of former men's basketball coach Mike Rice as showing that RU President Robert Barchi "commended Pernetti and his department for handling the matter 'appropriately.'" More than 20 Rutgers officials, trustees and board members also attended the Dec. 14 meeting in which the athletics committee of the university’s BOG "discussed the allegations Rice had shoved and kicked players and used homophobic slurs during practices." No one in the room "questioned whether Rice should have been fired or asked to view the video of the coach’s abuses themselves." Records also show that "no one bothered to mention the discussion of the Rice punishment at a public meeting of the full" BOG later that same day. The minutes show that BOG athletic committee Chair Mark Hershhorn -- remarking on the "stories of the suspension that had appeared that morning in The Star-Ledger and other newspapers -- did not argue that Rice should be fired." He "only asked Pernetti to explain the circumstances of the suspension." Much of the meeting "did not even focus on Rice." Among the issues on the table were "discussions about the university’s entrance" into the Big Ten and "concerns over the revenues being generated" through RU's deal with Nelligan (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/11).
LEND A HELPING HAND: In New Jersey, John Rowe writes Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany's influence is expected "to be all over Rutgers’ search for a new athletic director," and he is likely to have a hand in the "hiring of a men’s basketball coach, as well." RU officials reportedly have "decided to listen to Delany." He already has suggested Wisconsin Deputy AD Sean Frazier and Michigan State Deputy AD Greg Ianni for the position. Rowe: "Whoever gets the job must hit the ground running" (Bergen RECORD, 4/11).