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Rutgers Athletic Director Resigns After Controversial Video

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Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti has resigned following the release of a controversial video that led to basketball coach Mike Rice's firing.

A copy of Pernetti's resignation letter was posted on Rutger's website a few minutes prior to a press conference.  In the letter, Pernetti states that he was "reluctantly" stepping away from his post.  He added, "I trust that my tenure at Rutgers will not be judged by this one incident."  You can read the complete letter by clicking here.

The university held a 1 p.m. news conference where President Robert L. Barchi and Board of Governors Chair Ralph Izzo spoke about recent developments.

Governor Christie released the following statement in response to the resingation:

"The decision today by Athletic Director Tim Pernetti to resign is appropriate and necessary given the events of the past six months. I commend President Barchi for his decisive leadership in coming to an agreement with Mr. Pernetti to have the Athletic Department of Rutgers University come under new leadership.

"This entire incident was regrettable and while it has damaged the reputation of our state University, we need to move forward now on a number of fronts which provide great opportunities for Rutgers' future. Completing the ground-breaking merger agreement with UMDNJ. Preparing for our academic and athletic entry into the Big 10 conference. Implementing Rutgers' share of New Jersey's $1.3 billion capital commitment to higher education. Finally, conducting a national search for a new athletic director and a new men's basketball coach for athletic competition next year and in 2014 for our entry to the Big 10. I want to thank Tim Pernetti for his many contributions to Rutgers as a student, athlete and athletic director and for taking responsibility for his role in this difficult episode in the 250 year history of Rutgers University."

Dozens of Rutgers University faculty members were calling for more people to be fired after video emerged of Rice mistreating players surfaced.

They also said they want an explanation from Rutgers' president about why Rice wasn't fired last year, when university leadership learned that Rice was shoving players and berating them with homophobic slurs.

We also learned Thursday that the son of a favorite local coach offered up his resignation. Assistant coach Jimmy Martelli resigned. ESPN reports he can be seen on that controversial video pushing and shoving players and using a homophobic slur.

Of course, the footage also shows Rice hurling basketballs and yelling homophobic slurs to players.

Martelli, who apologized in a statement, is the son of St. Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli.

Meanwhile, Rice could still be in for a large pay day. He's due a $100,000 bonus for coaching the final game of the year.

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