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.

Rutgers Cleans House

Mike Rice

I wanted to wait for all the chips the fall before commenting on this Rutgers story.

We all already know all the details so I won’t waste time recapping.  I think Rutgers absolutely made the right moves.  I know it was obvious that the coach, Mike Rice, had to go.  The other great move was firing the AD Pernetti.  He tried to sweep it under the rug with his slap on the wrist punishment he gave Rice back in December.  Cited things like it was a “first offense.”  First offense?!?!  In every single other workplace, that behavior, even as a first offense get you fired every single time.  Pernetti then went out into the media and defended his punishment when the world was calling for Rice’s head.  Terrible PR move and basically left the Rutgers President with no option but to fire him.

As for what I thought about the video itself; clearly Rice went way over the line.  Look, if you want to be the rough and hard dickhead coach, I get it.  If you think yelling and screaming at your team is what will get through to them, knock yourself out.  Where I draw the line is the name calling referring to sexual orientation and player heritage.  You want to call your big man soft and a pussy because he lets guys 5 inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter box them out and out rebound your big man, go for it.  I also think it is fine to grab a player who isn’t focusing and putting them into the right position on the court.  There is no need to call anyone a fag or pick on their heritage…or in Gilvydas Biruta’s case, both.  No need to call Gil a “Lithuanian faggot.”. Absolutely zero basketball purpose for that.

Also, maybe there are better ways to get your point across without rocketing balls at players’ heads.

People Still Think Dan Hurley Is Going To Coach At Rutgers

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NYDN: For more than 35 years, Rutgers has been the wasteland of college basketball. The university hired one nondescript or ill-fitting coach after another. The only hire never made was the only one that made sense — a New Jersey native with college head coaching experience, a coach whose name was universally known and respected throughout the state. It’s shocking it never happened because the best thing Rutgers has going for it is this: It is the State University of New Jersey. New Jersey, at its core, is a state populated by loyal, passionate, proud people, people who trust their own, people who know a Jersey guy speaks their language, people who know there are values dating back to the state’s roots in farming and factories. Pernetti may be the next Rutgers employee fired, but whomever sits in the AD chair can begin restoring the school’s image with one hire and only one hire — Danny Hurley. But wins and losses — important for certain in the million-dollar world of college basketball — shouldn’t be the primary focus of this hire. Character should be. Commitment should be. Community should be. Now more than ever, with the nation sure the inmates are running the asylum at Rutgers, Danny Hurley is exactly what the State University of New Jersey needs.
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I know a lot of people will think this author is saying that Rutgers needs to do whatever it takes to lure Coach Hurley out of URI. I took it another way. Granted, the author certainly doesn’t seem like he’d complain if Rutgers went after Hurley, but I think his greater point is that Rutgers needs a certain type of coach and that Hurley is the poster child for that “type.” To me, the author says that Rutgers fucked up by not hiring Hurley when they had the chance (before hiring Mike Rice) and now they need to find a coach who is exactly like Hurley. He is inferring that in order for Rutgers to dig themselves out of this shithole they have dug themselves into they need to find a coach like Hurley who commands respect without having to be over the top to the point of abuse. In the end, I think the author is trying to say that Rutgers needs who and what Hurley embodies not necessarily Hurley himself. Of course, I’ve been wrong before; so what the fuck do I know, right? I will reiterate my sentiments from before. Coach Hurley isn’t leaving URI for Rutgers. It just doesn’t make any sense at this point. As the article said, he is building a foundation at URI and won’t just abandon the team to join a floundering bottom feeder just because they are in a BCS conference. Hurley is smart enough to know that if he turns URI around, he will have opportunities to join BCS schools that are actually good. Rutgers can hope and wish all they want, Hurley is not taking that job.

URI Attendance Compared To Other Schools

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    School                                              Average Attendance

Rhode Island                                                         3,829

Providence                                                            7,883

Wisconsin-Milwaukee                                       5,770

Old Dominion                                                       7,142

North Texas                                                          4,006

Montana                                                                 4,005

Do we get the point here? How the hell do Old Dominion, Montana, and North Texas draw bigger crowds than URI?!?! When was the last time any of those teams were relevant?! Are there even 4,000 people in the entire state of Montana?! Jim Donaldson is right; he’s an asshole, but he’s right. Generally speaking, URI fans are shitty fans. If those embarrassments of programs can draw bigger crowds, then URI fans don’t deserve a good program. URI fans don’t deserve a coach like Hurley or an AD like Bjorn. Personally, I wouldn’t blame them one bit if the rumors were true. If I were Hurley, I’d jump ship to Rutgers too. If I were Bjorn, I’d accept the Xavier job before they even offered it to me.

We need to be better fans. The team deserves better, the coaches deserve better, and the athletics department heads deserve better.

Dan Hurley Leaving For Rutgers? Don’t Be Stupid

Dan Hurley Confused

Go Local Prov: But despite all of that enthusiasm, there is also concern by many that Hurley may not be long for URI and that his tenure could be a ot shorter than anyone had anticipated.

As mostly everyone knows, URI is generally a stepping-stone program for coaches who excel in Kingston. Do well at URI and the chances are good that you will land a job in a major conference. Just ask Al Skinner and Jim Harrick who left for the Big East and SEC respectively in recent years. Before that, it was Tom Penders who left for the University of Texas.

For Hurley, many believed when he took the URI job last spring that it wasn’t a matter of “if” but rather “when” he would be on to bigger and better things.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is quite possible that Hurley could be one-and-done in Kingston.

You see, down in central New Jersey, there are two programs that may be looking for head coaches just about a month from now.

If Rutgers or Seton Hall are looking for a new men’s basketball coach, many believe that Dan Hurley would be at the very top of their wish list.

Would Hurley leave URI after only one season? In a New York, or should we say a New Jersey minute!

While some might argue that he would be turning his back on the transfers and recruits that he has brought into the URI program and not coming anywhere near to fulfilling his commitment to the school, such is life in the big business that is division one college basketball.

Coaches know that they are hired to be fired and, because of that, often take advantage of a great opportunity when one presents itself.
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This article started off alright. It’s accurate to state that URI is a stepping-stone job in the men’s college basketball world. I am not naïve enough to think that if Hurley experiences early success here at URI, that once a big time program has an opening they won’t look to Hurley. Hell, there may be a school, who like URI did, that will oust their current coach to hire Hurley out of URI.

The author completely jumped the shark here later in the article talking about leaving the program after this year. Thinking that Seton Hall and Rutgers are attractive places to want to coach at is preposterous. Just because Hurley is from NJ, doesn’t mean his end game is to stay there forever. If the region meant that much to him, he wouldn’t have left Wagner to come to URI; instead staying and waiting for the Rutgers or Seton Hall jobs to open. I seriously doubt Hurley wants to leave URI to go to a program that is just as mediocre simply because it’s in his home state. Hurley has already established roots here at URI and will only look to leave once a prominent program comes calling. Hurley will be better served to rebuild URI and take them to the tournament within 3 years of coming here. That is the way to maximize the value of his coaching stock in the eyes of those great programs.

The most interesting part of the story is in the comments section of this article. Anybody who is frequents the URI message board “keaneyblue.com,” is undoubtedly familiar with Rod from Cranston. This fucking yahoo is quite the character. If you dare post anything negative about URI basketball or his binky, Dan Hurley, he unleashes an absolute tirade against you that makes you fear for your life. The guy is an absolute lunatic, just a straight-up whackadoo. Here is how he responded to an article talking about Hurley maybe leaving URI early…

Rod Carri
10:23pm on Monday, February 25, 2013

All bullshit empty speculation, which I RESENT!
I’m sure Rutgers fans will jump for joy at getting an 8 win coach.
Funny, Dan told me Tuesday, “Who wants to watch Seton Hall and Depaul play?”
His memories of Rutgers, where he was an asisitant, and Seton Hall, where he played, are not very positive.
Keep stirring the shit, though.

Rod Carri
1:09pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cut the baloney, PC fan. Who leaves after an 8 win season to coach at a BCS school?
A baseless story, founded on a conversation with someone who knows nothing.
If Rutgers goes after anyone, it will be for an established high profile coach.They already went “the hot young coach” route, and failed.
Gee, funny this pap comes out after PC gets back from Rutgers. I wonder who the “source” is on this crap? I have a good idea. He also writes for this group.
Good story? You probably think The Johnston Landfill smell good, too.

Harold Stassen
2:37pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

@Rod C.:
Correction; I’m a college basketball fan! Having a competitive team at URI, (like PC, Brown, RIC & now Bryant) raises every college basketball fans interest, except possibly yours. Finally, based upon the vitriol in your posts, you have some real anger issues!

Rod Carri
2:52pm on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Yes, I hate mindless garbage, like this article.

Holy shit, man. You need to settle the fuck down. Are you a fucking sociopath??? Just because you disagree with what the author says doesn’t mean you can act like a goddamned savage. If Scott Cordeschi goes missing, guess who Suspect #1 is going to be? Seriously, though, what the fuck is your deal? Are you off your meds? Are your meds out of balance? If you’re not on meds, maybe you should talk to your doctor about getting some.