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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
John B. Wolf still employed

By Brett McMurphy
John B. Wolf has resigned as interim senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers, but will remain as a university attorney, the school announced in a statement Tuesday.

Wolf -- who saw videotape of men's basketball coach Mike Rice shoving and grabbing players, throwing balls at them and using gay slurs during practice -- had recommended not firing Rice.

Wolf was among a group of individuals, along with former athletic director Tim Pernetti and Mark Hershorn, chairman of the university board of governors athletics committee, who watched videotape of Rice's practices in November, Rutgers board of governors chairman Ralph Izzo said.

Others also saw the videotape, including internal and outside counsel, a source said.

In a Friday news conference, Rutgers president Robert Barchi announced Wolf had resigned.

Wolf has served as an attorney at Rutgers since 1984, and according to the school's statement, earned a salary of $280,775.

In a statement Monday, state Senate president Stephen M. Sweeney said: "Any trustee or member of the Board of Governors who witnessed the tape at any point before it was publicly aired, and took no action, should be removed or resign immediately.

"The standard for them, or anyone in a position of authority at Rutgers, should be no different than for Mike Rice or Tim Pernetti."

Rice was fired April 3, and Pernetti and assistant coach Jimmy Martelli resigned. Pernetti received a $1.2 million settlement from the school, but Martelli received nothing, a source said.

In Pernetti's resignation letter Friday, he indicated his "first instinct" was to fire Rice in December.

"My first instincts when I saw the videotape of Coach Rice's behavior was to fire him immediately," Pernetti wrote in the letter. "However, Rutgers decided to follow a process involving university lawyers, human resources professionals, and outside counsel. Following review of the independent investigative report, the consensus was that university policy would not justify dismissal."

Pernetti, with the approval of Barchi, initially suspended Rice three games in December and fined him $50,000 when the coach's mistreatment of players was brought to the athletic director's attention.

An initial proposed punishment for Rice was a suspension of 10 games, sources told ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr., but they settled on three games.

With Wolf still at Rutgers, the only school employees who lost their jobs as a result of the Rice scandal were from the athletic department.