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Circling the wagons at Rutgers

The harshest – most amusing, truest – thing I read today about Rutgers President Robert Barchi’s public meeting in Newark today is that it will give those on the Newark campus an equal opportunity to yell at Barchi like denizens of the New Brunswick campus have had all week. Who said that? If you know, tell us, so I can attribute.  

Jeff Gardner was at town hall, and apparently asked The Question, and did it sharply and cleanly. He’ll write about that in a bit. But meanwhile, Rutgers also posted a news release today (read it in full here), I had to read through 6 times to figure out what the hell it was saying. Here’s part (bolding’s mine). This is what struck me as downright obfuscatory:

“During a news conference held at Rutgers University on Friday, April 5, I was asked if members of the Rutgers Board of Governors had seen last fall the video containing excerpts of men’s basketball practices. At the time, I responded that at the December 14, 2012 meeting of the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics the committee received a report that action had been taken with the head basketball coach for inappropriate behavior. I also stated that I had reviewed the minutes of the committee meeting and had spoken with some of the members who were present at the December 14 meeting. Also at the news conference last Friday I said that, while the details are a little unclear, what is clear is that video was reviewed.

“In continuing our lesson learned efforts, I was able to confirm on Saturday, April 6 that the chair of the Board of Governors Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics reviewed the video in early December. The video was not seen by the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics or by any other member of the Board of Governors.”

Huh? Seems to me the question for the Board of Governors, but particularly for Barchi, is not “When did you see the video?” but “What did you know and when did you know it?” It’s not really about the video; it’s about being tuned in enough to know what’s happening not just for university restructuring and high-level meetings, but student life on your campuses. Throw up clouds of dust in front of that and  Barchi’s tenure should be questioned.  

Press Conference Video: Rutgers President Barchi and Governing Board Chair

Video via NBC Sports of today’s press conference with Rutgers University President Robert Barchi and Ralph Izzo, Chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors. Video includes prepared statements, followed by questions from the press. It’s rough stuff, as Barchi particularly struggles to contain fallout from an embarrassing and troubling moment in Rutgers’ history – one that pushed out of sports reporting and into national news – and faces accusations about his own role.

ICYMI: Tough Questions at Rutgers, Top 10 Takeaways from Rutgers Mike Rice Mess, Mike Rice Roundup.

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Top 10 Takeaways from the Rutgers Mike Rice Mess

I didn’t go to Rutgers, I’m not a native New Jerseyan. Outside of dating a member of the offensive line at University of Michigan (go Blue), which made me a hot commodity on campus for about 5 minutes, I don’t follow college sports, or Rutgers b-ball. There’s an interesting convo going on in diary comments among people more conversant in Rutgers’ program. My interest is in the spike of this story. One day: video –> statewide scandal –> Rice’s exit. Boom.

Top 10 Takeaways from the Rutgers Mike Rice Mess

What are yours? This is an Open Thread.

Mike Rice#1 “Cunt” v. “Faggot”: There’s considerable outrage at Coach Rice’s use of homophobic terms to abuse his players – “fucking faggots,” “fairies”. But where is the outrage at the misogynist terms Rice hurled: “cunts,” sissy bitches,” “pussies”?

College sports can be rough-and-tumble on the court and on the field; a given. But when men use the language of homophobia and misogyny to control other men it is a very specific form of shaming. Translation: I cannot think of anything worse to call you than a woman, or gay man. Coaches yelling is going to continue – everywhere. But there’s some rethinking going on in some locker rooms today. And there should be.