Samurai, Seppuku and Rutgers University

Apr 6, 2013, 4:49 AM | Updated: 10:35 pm

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti had no choice. Trying to rehab Mike Rice as opposed to firing him on the spot is indefensible. Tim Pernetti did the honorable thing and stepped down, knowing he should have overridden school officials and fired Mike Rice.

But the plot thickened when we discovered that Tim Pernetti said he was told he couldn’t fire Mike Rice. And if that is true, President Robert Barchi needs to resign for trying to rehab Mike Rice instead of dismissing him on the spot.

Something stinks here, Robert Barchi, and it makes me think of samurai. It’s a good thing Mr. Barchi isn’t a samurai, because seppuku, ritual suicide, would be his only alternative.

How does he justify accepting Tim Pernetti’s resignation while not submitting his own? Mr. Barchi made the decision to try and rehab Mike Rice according to the interpretation of school policy. Even if it was the correct interpretation of school policy, which I doubt, the samurai sword, the tanto, needs to be passed to Robert Barchi for his negligence in this matter.

And I believe it will eventually.

Penguin Air

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