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A few more thoughts on Rutgers

So now we wait to see how many dominoes are going to fall in the wake of the Mike "Hit The Player In The Head, Win A Prize" Rice scandal at Rutgers.

Surmise No. 1: Athletic director Tim Pernetti is a gone goose for not immediately firing Rice when the videotape of him physically and verbally abusing players in practice first came to light in December.

(Frankly, I'd also fire him for signing off on the firing of Eric Murdock, the whistle-blower who brought Rice's abuses to light. That's gonna cost Rutgers a chunk of change after Murdock gets finished with the school in court).

Surmise No. 2: School president Robert Barchi goes down, too, for signing off on Pernetti's original punishment -- a three-game suspension and fine -- in December. The faculty, in fact, is already calling for his head.

Over and above his handling of the Rice situation, though, he should go for the school's response to why Pernetti was not fired. In a statement, officials said he wasn't fired because he played a key role in landing Rutgers its big-money deal with the Big Ten.

Does that not tell you everything you need to know about where the priorities lie at Rutgers these days? And, let's be honest here, everywhere else in college athletics?

They all like to blather on about how much they cherish their student-athletes, but let's face it: When the nitty meets the gritty, the student-athlete is just a means to an end. And the end only has one color: green.

Ben Smith's blog.

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