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Reinstate Pernetti Letter (2)

Reinstate Pernetti Letter (2)

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 Dear Students, Alumni and Supporters:
The recent handling of Athletic Director Tim Pernetti’s resignation is
unjust and a disgrace to RutgersUniversity. I am writing in order to rally support and concentrate efforts to reinstate Tim Pernetti asAthletic Director. I do not wish to see anybody else removed from their job nor am I looking fordonations to be withheld or any other threats to the University. Instead of trying to fix this injusticethrough further destructive efforts I hope to demonstrate the widespread support for Tim to GovernorChristie, Dr. Barchi, Dr. Izzo and the Board of Trustees and Dudley Rivers and the Board of Governors.Tim was confronted with the unfortunate situation involving Coach Rice and took the prudent approach
and consulted President Barchi and the university’s counsel.
He followed the protocol given to him bythe president. When the situation was leaked to the media and the administration became skittishabout how it was being perceived it was Tim who was made the scapegoat and let go because of thecounsel of school officials.Tim is the face of Rutgers athletics. He guided us to the Big Ten through his skill and diplomacy. He isone of our own which is evident in his passion for Rutgers. He was tasked with a difficult situation thatinvolved making sure the well-
being of student athletes was protected, the administration’s orders were
followed and Coach Rice was handled in a way that did not expose Rutgers to further liability.Considering all those things and at the advice of counsel and the administration, Tim attempted torehabilitate Coach Rice. Despite facing a near impossible situation he committed himself to resolve theissue and demonstrated he is a true leader.I
have been an ardent supporter of Rutgers’ athletics throughout the years
 
and under Tim Pernetti’s
direction it has been a great athletic program. A good athletic program is one that wins games andproduces competitive athletes. A great athletic program does that but so much more. By fosteringschool spirit and positive relationships between student-athletes and coaches it teaches loyalty. Bypromoting sportsmanlike conduct and honesty on and off the field it teaches integrity. Making TimPernetti the fall guy in order to appease political players flouts these qualities. While it is fun to supporta good athletic program for a game, faithful fans stick around season after season to support a greatathletic program. I am hoping that the administration will realize the error in their ways and give me a

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