Hold The Phone, Is Pernetti Really To Blame?

Pernetti Rice

Rutgers Athletics: I always tried my best to do what is right. I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on the events which led to today. As you know, my first instincts when I saw the videotape of Coach Rice’s behavior was to fire him immediately. However, Rutgers decided to follow a process involving university lawyers, human resources professionals, and outside counsel. Following review of the independent investigative report, the consensus was that university policy would not justify dismissal. I have admitted my role in, and regret for, that decision, and wish that I had the opportunity to go back and override it for the sake of everyone involved.

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If what Tim Pernetti is saying in this letter is true, I was completely wrong in my assumption of his role in this shit storm.  I believe Pernetti here.  I believe he is telling the truth.  He is a very smart individual and know knows just how the media works (now more than ever).  He knows there will be countless numbers of reporters digging into everything he said; fact checking every word he wrote in this letter.  It would be basically career suicide to lie in this letter and have it get found out.

After reading this letter, I now think Rutgers needs to completely overhaul their institutional policies.  How can their internal policies and procedures direct them to suspend and fine Rice instead of firing him?  On second thought, I have a hard time believing Rutgers policy doesn’t call for immediate termination.  Something doesn’t add up here.  If a professor was throwing chalk/dry erase markers at underperforming students calling them “faggots,” “pussies,” or “retards” that professor would immediately be “suspended pending investigation” followed up with the professor being fired.  The same thing should have happened here.  Someone was on Rice’s side here and wanted to protect him.  Not sure why as the results aren’t there (probably because he is a shitty coach).

If the New Jersey State Senate really wants to get involved here (like they have been), they should probably focus on Rutgers’ documented policies and procedures and see if they need to be overhauled.  If they really do show that Rice should have been fired back in December, then President Barchi should be fired too.  If Pernetti is right and the policy called for a fine and a suspension, then the policies need to be torn up and completely rewritten.