We’ve been hearing so much about how “legal advice” guided the decision to initially suspend Rutgers Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Rice – instead of firing him for his abusive conduct during video-recorded practices.
And while many students, faculty members, and media observers assumed that general counsel John Wolf had already been given the ax last week, when he was “removed from his leadership position” we now know he was simply demoted.
That news did not go over so well, which presumably prompted the university to announce Thursday Wolf is now officially fired, really fired this time as in removed as a university employee who earned $280 thousand dollar a year as interim senior vice president and general counsel.
Rutgers president Dr. Robert Barchi announced Wolf’s replacement Thursday.
His name is John Farmer, dean of Rutgers Law School and former NJ attorney general.
Farmer is set to make 50-thousand dollars more than Wolf for an annual salary of $330 thousand dollars a year.
Players and parents who are now speaking out.
Player Wally Judge told reporters, “The things seen on those tapes weren’t as people made it out to be. We wanted to get that clear. And now it’s time to move forward. Mike rice, we wish him the best of luck, and he’s gone now. So now it’s time for us as a team to continue to move forward and try to better the Rutgers name.”
Susan Kelly, whose son Logan plays for the team, said, “Our family has suffered a huge blow. Do we continue to bleed the wound, or do we learn from our mistakes and heal?”