The Week That Was

ScarletReport.com's "The Week That Was" feature is designed to give ScarletReport.com readers a quick-read format to catch up on the major happenings from the last seven days. This is installment features a different look following a historically ugly scandal that changed the landscape of the university.

Instead of the normal format recapping the latest in Rutgers news, ScarletReport.com begins with an abbreviated timeline of the Mike Rice scandal, which came to national attention Tuesday and ended in the departures of Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti.

Rutgers released a 29-minute video segment to the media Tuesday afternoon, which featured extreme misconduct on the part of Rice. In the video, Rice used extreme profanity, homophobic slurs and physically abused his players.

Segments of the video aired Tuesday afternoon on ESPN's Outside the Lines after disgruntled former assistant Eric Murdock provided the tape to ESPN. The national release of the video led to extreme public outcry and the Wednesday morning firing of Rice.

With Rice gone, Pernetti came under fire next for his failure to immediately fire Rice after receiving the video in November. Opting to rehabilitate instead of fire his coach, Pernetti was asked to resign and did so Friday morning in a public letter to Rutgers president Robert Barchi.

Pernetti's resignation letter stated that his initial intentions were to fire Rice but that he was advised against the action by his legal team and other university officials.

In a madhouse of a press conference at Olde Queens, Barchi told the nation he was ignorant of the severity of Rice's actions and never considered viewing the video in the four months it was available to him. Barchi, who remains president, cited failure to trust Pernetti's judgment as his primary reason for demanding a resignation.

The search for a new athletic director is underway and must be decided before Rutgers can find its next basketball coach.

In other news…

On the Gridiron

A series of injuries in spring practice have Rutgers thinning out at multiple positions going into the second half of camp. No injuries are expected to be overly series with the exception of redshirt freshman Julian Pinnix-Odrick. Pinnix-Odrick is likely out for the season and will require ACL surgery.

Coach Kyle Flood did some tinkering at linebacker in the second week of spring camp. Flood moved redshirt freshman Steve Longa to starting middle linebacker from the outside, which dropped Quanzel Lambert down to second team. At quarterback, Chris Laviano and Blake Rankin saw increased reps behind starter Gary Nova and backup Chas Dodd.

Because of injury and depth issues at running back, fullback Michael Burton saw time at the position this week.

True freshman Nadir Barnwell (shoulder) made his Rutgers practice debut this week but will be primarily non-contact this spring at the cornerback position.

In Recruiting

Rutgers received a verbal commitment from Gates-Chili (Rochester, N.Y.) tackle Jacquis Webb. Webb committed to Rutgers Saturday on an unofficial visit and is the sixth commitment in the class of 2014.

It was a busy week for visitors on campus, highlighted by four-star safety Marcus Allen, Dwight Morrow (Englewood, N.J.) athlete Juwan Winfree and Cedar Grove (N.J.) receiver David Njoku.

Pope John XIII (Sparta, N.J.) 2016 quarterback Sonny Abramson earned a Rutgers offer this week after a return trip to campus with tight end teammate Ryan Izzo.

Canisius (Buffalo, N.Y.) running back Qadree Ollison received a verbal scholarship offer Saturday on his first recruiting trip to Rutgers.

In Basketball

Dave Cox will serve as interim head coach for the second time this year after Rice's firing.

Assistant Jimmy Martelli, also implicated on video in the Rice scandal, resigned.

Though neither has been officially announced, senior Vincent Garrett and junior Jerome Seagears are expected to pursue transfers. Forward Wally Judge will not pursue an NBA career at this time.


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