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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.

If the whole world knew that a “secret” is never really a “secret”, the world would be a better place. But seriously. Individuals never get away with cheating in a relationship, the spouse always finds out eventually. The big shots in a financial corporation will undoubtedly get caught embezzling money. And finally, the NCAA will always uncover a violation and strip a team of any awards or accolades given.

So why do teams continuously do it?

The newest of new scandals comes to us out of Auburn University and a usual powerhouse in SEC football. According to an article published by Bleacher Report, former Sports Illustrated and New York Times reporter Selena Roberts published a timeline-like article highlighting numerous NCAA rules that were violated by the program over the past few years. Some of these rules include changing grades and bribery.

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In the article Roberts spoke with some of the former players who claimed that as many as nine players had grades changed before the 2011 BCS championship game. They also claimed that Darvin Adams was offered money to stay at Auburn for his senior year rather than entering the NFL draft.

Gene Chizik was fired after the 2011-12 season when Auburn won just 3 games the entire season and failed to win any SEC games. But all of the allegations stem from the time he was coaching and he will be expected to come forth with statements and information.

Former defensive back, Neiko Thorpe, claimed in Roberts’ article that the coaching staff exceeded the amount of per diem money allotted for entertaining recruits. The NCAA limits expenses to less than $50 per day, and Thorpe claims the coaches gave players with recruits $500 for the visit.

More information on this scandal as well as statements from appropriate figures will be sure to surface in the news within the next few days.