Tim Pernetti resigned as Rutgers athletic director on Friday, two days after the basketball coach he hired was dismissed for abusive behavior during practices - actions that prompted nationwide outrage once a video went public.
In a letter of resignation sent to university president Robert Barchi, Pernetti said he hoped that his tenure at Rutgers ''will not be judged by this one incident.''
When he first saw the video of Rice pushing, shoving and throwing balls at players in November, Pernetti said he wanted to fire him on the spot. However, he said the consensus among school officials at the time was the actions didn't call for dismissal.
The video was broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, showing numerous clips of Rice at practice firing basketballs at players, grabbing them by their jerseys and yelling obscenities in addition to gay slurs.
At a news conference on campus, Barchi said he regretted not asking to see the video when Pernetti first told him of its existenc...