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Rutgers Assistant Coach Resigns Amid Scandal

A Rutgers assistant men’s basketball coach has resigned amid a scandal over the way his former boss treated players.

Jimmy Martelli (Photo courtesy of scarletknights.com)

A Rutgers athletic department spokesman confirmed Thursday that assistant coach Jimmy Martelli had left the program.

Coach Mike Rice was fired on Wednesday after a video was made public showing him shoving and kicking players, throwing basketballs at them and berating them with gay slurs.

The firing was first reported by The Star-Ledger. The newspaper also reported that Martelli was seen in a portion of the video that was not broadcast on television shoving a player during a practice.

Martelli, who also coached with Rice at Robert Morris, is the son of St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli. He was hired by Rutgers in May 2010.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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