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New Jerseyans Weigh in on Rutgers Firing of Coach Rice
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Sixty percent of New Jerseyans who have been following the Rutgers University firing of basketball coach Mike Rice believe he was not fired earlier because the school was close to completing its deal to move into the Big Ten Conference.

The poll was based on random phone calls to landlines and cellphones of 1,045 people throughout New Jersey, with a 3.0% margin of error. Of those, 720 said they were following the story at least somewhat, and the findings are based on those respondents, with a margin of error of 3.7%.

47% felt it was appropriate for Athletic Director Tim Pernetti to resign because of his role in the controversy, with 34% answering no to resignation. The respondents also placed the most blame for the handling of the situation on Pernetti, who 38% called most responsible. University President Robert Barchi was named most responsible by 24% and the school’s attorney, John Wolf, by 11%. But 48% felt that Barchi should be held responsible for his initial decision to suspend Rice and should be fired for it.

63% felt Rice should have been fired when the evidence found on the videotape first came to light.

"It was a complex issue, and the responses showed that," noted Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute.

Asked if they were surprised that Governor Chris Christie did not call for the ouster of President Barchi, 65% said no, and only 22% said yes.

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Rick Gentile
(973) 761-7723


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