It went from bad to worse on Friday for the Rutgers men’s basketball team. Two days after Mike Rice was fired, Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti resigned and Rutgers President Robert Barchi admitted mistakes were made and there was a “failure of process.”
Then that same afternoon, Eric Murdock, the former Rutgers employee who released the tape announced the he would file a lawsuit against the university for wrongful termination. Murdock was the director of player development for Rutgers, but his contract was not renewed this past July, according to school.
Murdock, a former guard in the NBA, says that he was let go after a dispute with Rice for skipping a camp, but the main reason was he complained about Rice’s treatment towards players. Murdock also claims he provided the university with the video in November, show what ESPN aired on Tuesday — Rice throwing basketballs and shoving players while using offensive language including gay slurs.
“Efforts to get Rutgers to address their problems were ignored for months,” Murdock told reporters during a Friday afternoon press conference. “Instead I was removed from my position. That is wrong and that is why I filed a lawsuit.”
The video above is the brief press conference Murdock held on Friday, courtesy of NBCNewYork.com
The 18-page lawsuit can be seen here, courtesy of NJ.com
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”
The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.
Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”
Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.
The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.