It is the latest fallout from a scandal in which basketball coach Mike Rice was videotaped abusing players in practice.
Pernetti dismissed Rice on Wednesday after a videotape aired showing the coach shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players, and using gay slurs during practice. The tape was made available to Pernetti in November by a former university employee, but after an investigation, and with the approval of the new university president, Pernetti only chose to suspend Rice.
The coach was forced to miss three games, was fined $75,000 and ordered to attend anger management classes. The Scarlet Knights went 3-0 in his absence, and he returned in time for Big East play.
A New Jersey native who played tight end for the Scarlet Knights, the 42-year-old Pernetti had witnessed the athletic departmentís push toward respectability with a close eye and was viewed as the right man to push it even further.
Material from an Associated Press report was included in this story.
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