The latest development in the Mike Rice saga has taken a stunning turn, as Rutgers University president Robert L. Barchi is reportedly coming under fire.
This comes after a report that 13 faculty members are calling for his job.
ESPN's SportsCenter broke the news via Twitter:
13 Rutgers faculty members are calling for resignation of school president Robert Barchi in wake of initial handling of Mike Rice situation.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 4, 2013
Rice, the former men's basketball head coach at Rutgers, was fired earlier Wednesday (via CBS News).
Rice was let go due to a discovered video in which he physically attacked his players during practice. It was later reported that the school knew of the events prior to the release of the footage to the media (via ESPN).
Rice had been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 after the incident first occurred (via ESPN New York).
The controversy reached a new level when Rutgers director of player development Eric Murdock spoke up on the issue. Murdock, who played nine years in the NBA, claimed there were players who couldn't sleep at night because of their treatment (via ESPN New York).
To make matters worse, Murdock's attorney claims the former assistant coach was fired after he came forth with the details of what was transpiring.
In the hours since the video broke, the world grew weary of the school's hesitance to take action.
Although Rutgers eventually fired the embattled head coach, some feel this course of action took too long to execute. It appears as if the Rutgers faculty is in that majority.