The circle of those who saw video of a coach’s abusive acts as soon as December was wider than had been understood.
On Friday morning, two days after Mr. Rice was fired, Athletic Director Tim Pernetti resigned, and implied that he was being made a scapegoat.
- He said his initial inclination when he saw the videos last fall was to fire Mr. Rice, but “Rutgers decided to follow a process involving university lawyers, human resources professionals, and outside counsel.”
Robert L. Barchi, the president of Rutgers, placed the blame on Mr. Pernetti and other senior officials who he said recommended that Mr. Rice be suspended rather than fired.
The contradictory accounts signaled a deepening discord in the fallout over a decision that has outraged state lawmakers, faculty and students.