Rutgers to Review All Practice Tapes [VIDEO]
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi announced at a town hall on Monday that his school will be reviewing practice videos of all sports.
The goal is to make sure there is no behavior similar to the abuse and vulgar language portrayed by former basketball coach Mike Rice, who was removed from his position after video of his antics went viral last week.
Barchi said he has requested that any evidence of “bullying” or “homophobic language” be reported to him as soon as possible.
“We’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior,” Barchi told a tough crowd on the Newark campus.
The reviews would start with the school’s present players and coaches, then work backwards, according to Barchi.
He has also ordered an action plan for an ongoing audit process in which practice tapes are viewed regularly in the future.
“That has to be done,” he said. “Just having the tapes is not sufficient.”
Barchi, again, said he wishes he had viewed the controversial video months ago when the matter was first brought to his attention.
The Newark town hall was meant to focus solely on Barchi’s strategic plan for Rutgers, but he was inevitably faced with questions surrounding the Rice firing and Athletic Director Tim Pernetti’s resignation.
“When Will U Resign?” and “Give Barchi the Boot” were two signs held high during the three-plus hour session.