Another Rutgers University coach is in trouble after accusations of abuse surfaced.
Rutgers men's lacrosse head coach Brian Brecht was suspended with pay Friday as the Rutgers University Police Department investigated claims that Brecht verbally abused players, according to a statement from the university.
“While I cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, let me reiterate that there is no place at Rutgers for words or actions that are inconsistent with the values of the university.,” said Rutgers president Robert Barchi. “Our student athletes, as all members of the Rutgers community, should know that our university is committed to promoting an atmosphere of respect and dignity. As I stressed earlier, we will be looking closely at all intercollegiate athletics at Rutgers going forward. If we find problems, we will address them.”
The university’s athletic department came under scrutiny earlier this month when video surfaced of former basketball coach Mike Rice verbally and physically abusing players. Rice was eventually fired and assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli resigned. Athletic director Tim Pernetti also resigned and received a lucrative severance package.
Many called for Barchi’s job as well but with supporters including Gov. Chris Christie, Barchi has remained on the job.