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The fallout from the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice and the resignational of athletic director Tim Pernetti will not affect Rutgers' move to the Big Ten, commissioner Jim Delany said Friday.

Delany issued a statement from the Big Ten saying the conference found the Rice's actions unacceptable but that plans are going forward to incorporate Rutgers into its membership in July 2014.

"Rutgers University has acknowledged that its initial response was insufficient and that more needed to be done," Delany said in the statement. "Its review of this matter is ongoing. The Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors has been studying issues surrounding institutional control for several months and continues its work in this area.

"In the context of that review, one thing that has become clear is that the hiring, retention and firing of institutional personnel, including coaches, lies solely in the hands of the individual institutions and their boards. While we remain interested in the outcome of Rutgers' review, and will continue to monitor the situation as appropriate, it will have no impact on Rutgers' transition to, or membership in, the Big Ten Conference."

Maryland will join Rutgers in the Big Ten in 2014. Rutgers will leave the Big East and Maryland the Atlantic Coast Conference in moves announced earlier this year.
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