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The Crossover: Will Rutgers president survive scandal?

Apr 8, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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The Crossover: College basketball insider Vin Parise joins The Crossover to discuss the latest from Rutgers and if President Robert Barchi can survive the scandal.

  1. j0esixpack - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    It comes down to “what did he know and when did he know it”

    Murdock may have proof he informed his superiors even before he was fired – which of course is the basis for his wrongful termination suit.

    Even if the Prez wasn’t aware of it directly then, it seems unlikely he was unaware of the details of the allegation after members of the Board saw the video and chose to only reprimand Rice. One would think he was aware of the allegations and agreed with the decision to keep him on.

    One would think everyone learned the lesson of Penn State that you can’t turn a blind eye to abuse, but apparently they didn’t learn that at Rutgers

  2. juliath83 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Dirty Jerz…

  3. ningenito78 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    If he didn’t lose his job by now he isn’t going to lose it. As much as some delusional people want to try, you can’t make a parallel between what happened at Rutgers and what happened at Penn State. One had a coach being a psycho during practice and throwing basketballs, but nobody was hurt. Penn St had young boys getting molested and raped by a coach in the goddamn football facility. What Mike Rice was egregious but if you really think this is some apocalyptic stuff for a program like that was you seriously need your head examined. Barchi is not going anywhere. The worst has passed. He survived.

    • j0esixpack - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      The parallel of condoning abuse or offering just a slap on the wrist for the coach is clear and indisputable – whether its sexual, physical, mental, emotional – it’s all abuse and we’re only talking about a difference of extremes.

      (though no question, Penn State coaches and officials turning a blind eye to empower ongoing sexual abuse is certainly an unimaginable extreme – or at least it was until Penn State)

      The victims of abuse in this case may generally all have been 18 and over – but that doesn’t mean these kids are truly able to fend for themselves. Their parents sent them to a University expecting that school officials would be looking out for them.

      They did not and now they’ll determine whether the President knew of the allegations and authorized a response to 1.) initially ignore the allegations and 2.) authorize only a slap on the wrist for Rice (at least until the video was made public).

      Rutgers knows what’s at stake here. I’m content to let them investigate -I’m content let them internally determine what the president knew and whether, based on that, his reactions were appropriate and decide whether he should keep his job as a result.

      One hopes that THIS time, colleges will finally realize that when they fail to take steps to protect students and children, their jobs are on the line.

  4. ningenito78 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    For the record, I don’t think Pernetti or Barchi should have been fired. They didn’t sweep it under the rug. They did something that, in hindsight, was entirely too little. But they did suspend him and it was announced the suspension was for abusive behavior toward the players. They did not hide it. The tape came out during the process of an extortion attempt and the media caught wind of it. The rest is history. Pernetti losing his job is absolutely bullsh-t. What he did wasn’t a terminal offense. Maybe a punishable offense but not terminal. That being said, if Pernetti had to go then Barchi should have to also. Pernetti followed the proper protocol (yes that’s a fact) and was told termination was not the right call by an outside advisor hired and approved by the board and president. Barchi threw Pernetti to the wolves with the hope it would keep the wolves off of him. It worked. And that’s a f-cking shame.

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