Rutgers addresses coaching fallout
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University took steps Thursday to publicly address the fallout from the scandal over its mens basketball coach, announcing an expected independent review and hiring a respected former state attorney general as the new top lawyer for the school.
The measures were announced at the first board of governors meeting since coach Mike Rice was fired last week. The university has not announced who will conduct the investigation.
John Wolf, who was interim senior vice president and university counsel, and University President Robert Barchi announced that Wolf was leaving the university.
That opened the door for John Farmer, a former state attorney general and now the dean of Rutgers-Newark School of Law in Newark, to become the new top in-house lawyer for the university.
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney attended the meeting to ask for one member of the board, Mark Hershhorn, to resign or be removed. As chairman of the athletics committee, Hershhorn saw the video of Rice in December. He has said he called for Rice to be fired. But Sweeney faults him for not taking the matter to the full board.
Several players gathered outside the board meeting Thursday to endorse assistant David Cox for the job, saying hes held the team together during the last two weeks.