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April 8, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is, as coaches everywhere ought to know by now, a recipe for disaster. Take a healthy serving of drill sergeant, add a dollop of obsession, a tablespoon of frustration, a large portion of pressure, and combine it all with omnipresent video technology. Uncover the mixture for public consumption, then bake it intensely in the media. The resulting concoction, as the sports world witnessed once again this week at Rutgers, is something few coaches can survive. Mike Rice's homophobic harangues and apparent penchant for physical abuse cost the Rutgers basketball coach his job this week after videotape of the incidents was shown on ESPN.
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September 10, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There's a marvelous scene in the film All the President's Men in which the Washington Post's editors are holding their afternoon meeting, reviewing the day's most important stories and deciding which ones merit front-page placement, when the topic of Watergate comes up. It is still early in the scandal's evolution, and one of the editors argues that "no one cares" about its latest development. Besides, the editor says, if Watergate were really a big deal, we'd put our most seasoned political reporters on the story.
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May 20, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli recently ran into a longtime acquaintance, a businessman. The man asked, "How's everything going?" For a moment, Martelli said, he thought about giving an honest assessment, realizing this guy didn't know any details of what Martelli had been hit with lately. Instead, the Hawks coach left it at, "Everything's great. " The reality? "I feel like I've been invited by God to play cards, but he's only given me three cards," Martelli said, sitting in his office on Hawk Hill.
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April 9, 2013
TRENTON - Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men's basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university president announced Monday. The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review. University president Robert Barchi, speaking Monday during a town-hall meeting on the school's Newark campus, said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.
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April 26, 2013
New Jersey voters disagree with the decision to provide "large cash payouts" to former Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice, athletic director Tim Pernetti, and interim general counsel John Wolf when they left the school in the wake of the basketball scandal this month, a new poll finds. While a majority of poll respondents supported the decision to fire Rice, only 7 percent approved of the payouts, including Rice's $475,000 settlement. Sixty-four percent of respondents disagreed with the payouts.
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April 9, 2013 | By Matt Katz, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Rutgers University acknowledged today that another high-ranking college official saw the now infamous videotape of former basketball coach Mike Rice berating and attacking his students long before it became public. Mark P. Hershhorn of Media, a member of the board of governors and chair of the board's committee on intercollegiate athletics, reviewed the video in early December, according to a statement from Ralph Izzo, board chairman. Up to this point it had been unclear if members of the appointed board had seen the tape before it became public.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney has called on the Rutgers University governance boards to oust one of their members who viewed the damning video of former coach Mike Rice long before it went public last week. Sweeney expects the Board of Governors, at a regular meeting Thursday, to "take action to request the resignation of board member Mark Hershhorn," he wrote Tuesday in letters to Board of Governors Chair Ralph Izzo and Board of Trustees Chair Dudley H. Rivers Jr. Athletic director Tim "Pernetti is gone.
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December 23, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Villanova ran its winning streak to eight in a row with a 55-44 win over Temple Friday at the Pavilion. With the victory, Villanova improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in Big Five play, while Temple fell to 5-5 and 0-1 in the City Series. Despite a game-high 17-points from Victoria Macaulay, the Owls couldn't overcome an early deficit. Rachel Roberts led 'Nova with 13 points. Drexel 77, Penn 50 - Drexel senior Hollie Mershon became the 20th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points as she led the Dragons (7-2)
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December 29, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Dane Miller scored 18 points and Rutgers eventually pulled away Friday for a 68-56 men's college basketball victory over Rider in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers (9-2), which has won nine of its last 10, finished 3-0 under associate head coach David Cox. Cox filled in for Mike Rice after Rice was suspended without pay for a violation of athletic department policy. Rice will resume his duties and return to practice on Saturday. Eli Carter scored all 15 of his points in the second half for Rutgers, which improved to 15-1 against its in-state rival.
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April 23, 2013 | Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Rutgers' board of governors will meet Tuesday to sign off on a contract that will allow Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan to take over the Scarlet Knights' scandal-marred basketball program. The university said Monday morning that the board is expected to discuss the proposed appointment in a conference call. In a statement released later in the day, the athletic department announced a basketball news conference at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, in which Jordan will likely be introduced.
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September 10, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There's a marvelous scene in the film All the President's Men in which the Washington Post's editors are holding their afternoon meeting, reviewing the day's most important stories and deciding which ones merit front-page placement, when the topic of Watergate comes up. It is still early in the scandal's evolution, and one of the editors argues that "no one cares" about its latest development. Besides, the editor says, if Watergate were really a big deal, we'd put our most seasoned political reporters on the story.
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August 2, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The leadership of Rutgers University's board of governors and board of trustees has created a joint task force to find ways to improve the New Jersey state university's governance. The initiative, announced Thursday, follows a move by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) to abolish the board of trustees and transfer its powers to the board of governors. The new task force's chairman called the timing "coincidental. " In an interview Thursday, the Rev. M. William Howard Jr. said the seven-member panel was formed in light of the recent merger of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into Rutgers, and the university's forthcoming move into the Big Ten athletic conference.
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July 27, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
An update to Rutgers University's online biography of its new athletic director, Julie Hermann, caused a stir Thursday as media outlets began to pick up on its last sentence: "Hermann and her partner Dr. Leslie Danehy are the proud parents of a 7-year-old son, Aidan. " Danehy is an emotional-intelligence coach and consultant, according to an online biography. Asked by ESPN about the relationship, Hermann said she was "really blessed to have a wonderful family, and we're excited to become part of the Rutgers community.
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July 24, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
An independent inquiry commissioned by Rutgers University into the scandal that led to basketball coach Mike Rice's ouster has found school leadership exercised "insufficient oversight" over an insular and overly autonomous athletic department. The report, released Monday, calls for various changes, some of which had been recommended in a 2008 review into another Rutgers athletic department scandal, which culminated in the firing of athletic director Robert Mulcahy. Among the changes called for in both reports is a interdepartmental risk management committee that "would provide a much-needed forum for senior leaders to consider university issues such as safety, operations, reputation, assets, and the legal interests" of Rutgers, according to the new document.
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July 17, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Rutgers University's president sits on advisory boards of two companies that do business with New Jersey's flagship school, a practice that some business ethicists find troubling. Rutgers officials gave Robert L. Barchi permission to serve on the boards of VWR International and Covance Inc. when he was hired last year. The Bergen Record reported that the two companies paid Barchi $317,000 in fees and stock awards last year for the part-time advisory posts.
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June 30, 2013 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are planning a deeper look into the way Rutgers University is governed as the state's flagship public university takes on two medical schools, but the university board of trustees has survived an effort to dissolve it. Neither chamber of the Legislature voted Thursday on a measure announced earlier in the week to get rid of the university's 59-member board and hand its duties over to the already more powerful board of...
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June 19, 2013 | By Tom Canavan, Associated Press
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Saying she has rolled up her sleeves and is ready to work, Julie Hermann took over as Rutgers University athletic director with the promise that her number-one job is to create an atmosphere for Scarlet Knights students to excel on and off the field. The embattled Hermann showed up for work before most of her employees Monday morning and started the task of leading an embarrassed athletic department back to respectability, winning back boosters and alumni and leading the university into the Big Ten Conference in 2014.
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June 3, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Having taken an already terrible situation and somehow made it worse, Rutgers University seems intent on drawing the blinds now and waiting until the furor over the hiring of new athletic director Julie Hermann goes away. Unfortunately for Rutgers, the fresh problems it has created for itself, and for Hermann, aren't going anywhere. It may take a while for the effects of the flawed hiring process to become apparent, but those are inevitable. A series of meetings scheduled for this week between Hermann and some athletic department coaches and administrators has been postponed, according to one report.
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June 2, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - In another setback for Rutgers University, rating agency Moody's Investor Service has downgraded its credit rating, citing financial stress from its merger with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Moody's said the university's tight finances and limited borrowing ability would be further strained by adding two medical schools, a dental school, and other parts of UMDNJ, along with 70 percent of its outstanding debt. At a legislative hearing this year, Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi testified that the university anticipated a potential downgrade but that it likely would be lifted once the UMDNJ campuses are fully integrated into Rutgers.
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