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Rutgers Fires Athletic Director Tim Pernetti

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PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Rutgers University Athletic director Tim Pernetti looks on during a press conference announcing that Rutgers University is joining the Big Ten Conference on November 20, 2012 at the Hale Center in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rutgers University Athletic director Tim Pernetti looks on during a press conference announcing that Rutgers University is joining the Big Ten Conference on November 20, 2012 at the Hale Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

CBS SPORTS – Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti has been fired, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Pernetti hit men’s basketball coach Mike Rice with a two-week suspension earlier in the season for his conduct, but then tapes surfaced earlier in the week of Rice and assistant Jimmy Martelli physically hitting players, throwing balls at their heads and also berating them with homophobic slurs.

Rice was fired a day later and Martelli resigned on Thursday.

Pernetti resigned on Friday morning. The Record and ESPN.com were the first to report the news. A news conference is expected on Friday.

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