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In the wake of the Rutgers University men’s basketball scandal comes another, perhaps not so shocking, update. Tim Pernetti, the university Athletic Director is no longer holding that position as of today. It is still unclear whether Pernetti was fired by higher university officials or respectfully resigned.

The biggest concern of many spectators is why Pernetti made the initial decision to only suspend Rice rather than fire him after learning of the circulating video. But after the sudden backlash and severity the video brought forth, Pernetti decided it was in the best interest of the university and the program to fire Rice.

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State officials in Trenton said they would hold hearings about how Pernetti handled the allegations and a a New York Times article reports that Stephen M. Sweeney, a Democrat and the president of the State Senate, said officials should reconsider firing Pernetti.

Before serving as the Athletic Director, Pernetti was a television executive with much experience presenting college games on national broadcasts. He had never even coached a college team, let alone run a college program.

But the decision seemed smart and initially proved successful because of the growing “business” college sports has become. This past November, Rutgers was invited to join the Big Ten conference that would generate more exposure and a larger television revenue.

A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. today and Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi will speak.