PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Tim Pernetti has resigned as Rutgers athletic director, two days after the basketball coach he hired was dismissed for abusive behavior during practices -- actions that prompted nationwide outrage after a video went public.
In a letter of resignation sent to university president Robert Barchi on Friday, Pernetti said he hoped that his tenure at Rutgers "will not be judged by this one incident."
Pernetti said after seeing video of Rice pushing, shoving and throwing balls at players his "first instincts ... was to fire him immediately." However, he said the consensus at the time was "university policy would not justify dismissal."
Also, a Rutgers athletic department spokesman confirmed Thursday that assistant men's basketball coach Jimmy Martelli had left the program.
On Tuesday, Pernetti was asked whether Martelli was also seen shoving players on the videotape.
"Jimmy was spoken to about the manner. We dealt with that," Pernetti told reporters after screening the Rice videotape for them. "Certainly the tape focused on Mike, but it brought some other things to light that we dealt with at the same time that we dealt with Mike."