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Report suggests changes at Rutgers
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 22, 2013 @ 4:22 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Keith Sargeant, USA TODAY Sports
The Rutgers University Board of Governors on Monday released the results of an independent review of its recent basketball coaching scandal, a report that outlines how the university mishandled the allegations against deposed head coach Mike Rice and recommends improvements in university policies and procedures.
The 20-page review, conducted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP at a rate of $575 an hour, calls for the implementation of a university-wide risk assessment program and more formal coordination among human resources officials across the institution.
The report also recommends that the university pay renewed attention to implementation of reforms proposed in 2008 by the university-sponsored Athletic Review Committee, which advocated the university administration’s closer oversight of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
“I’m pleased that this important review is now complete,” Rutgers University President Dr. Robert L. Barchi said in a statement. “The Skadden firm conducted a thorough analysis, and its detailed recommendations will help us reassess our administrative structures and policies. I look forward to studying the report and we will take the appropriate steps to improve our internal procedures.”
Rice was fired April 3, one day after ESPN aired a video montage that showed him throwing and kicking basketballs at players, shoving players and hurling bleeped-out expletives at them, including gay slurs. The clips were compiled and leaked by Rice’s former director of player development, Eric Murdock, whose contract was not renewed last June.
In addition to causing Rutgers national embarassment, the scandal resulted in the forced resignation of Athletics Director Tim Pernetti and university chief counsel John Wolf from their posts.
Barchi also fended off widespread calls for his resignation, labeling his decision not to watch the now-infamous 30-minute video as “a failure of process.”
I regret that I did not ask to see the video when Tim first told me of its existence,” Barchi said in announcing Pernetti’s resignation April 5, “because I am certain that this situation would have had a very different outcome had I done so.”
In November, Rutgers commissioned John P. Lacey of Connell Foley LLP to investigate Murdock’s accusations. The 50-page report said Rice’s conduct “does not constitute a ‘hostile … [For more on Independent report suggests big changes at Rutgers, click here.]
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