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College basketball roundup: Rutgers AD resigns

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Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti followed basketball coach Mike Rice out the door on Friday.

Pernetti, widely criticized for his handling of the issues surrounding Rice's behavior with his players, resigned in the wake of mounting pressure from faculty and alumni for his ouster.

Two days earlier, Rice was dismissed after an ESPN story and video revealed his treatment of players that included throwing basketballs at them from close range, kicking them and using derogatory slurs.

Assistant coach Jimmy Martelli, also accused of similar actions, resigned Thursday.

Pernetti, 42, came under fire in November after Rutgers suspended Rice for three games and fined him $50,000 fine after seeing the video. Rice was not fired at the time, however. University president Robert Barchi had approved the punishment. However, ESPN reported Friday that Pernetti had shown the video to multiple university board members when he was first made aware of the issues and "at least three" of them agreed with his decision to suspend Rice.

---Eric Murdock filed a wrongful termination suit against Rutgers over his dismissal from the program.

Murdock, the team's former director of player development who blew the whistle on Rice, said in the complaint that Pernetti disregarded video evidence last year that showed Rice abusing the players. In the suit, Rutgers is accused of six counts of wrongdoing. Murdoch is seeking unspecified damages.

---Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be among the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees when the Class of 2013 is introduced on Monday, ESPN reported Friday.

Former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former UNLV and Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian and longtime NBA player Gary Payton also were elected, according to multiple reports.

---Michigan sophomore Trey Burke won the John R. Wooden Award as the outstanding player in college basketball this season, edging Indiana's Victor Oladipo in a close vote.

Burke, a point guard who led the Wolverines to the Final Four, received 2,808 points to Oladipo's 2,718.

---Forward Deshaun Thomas will pass up his final season at Ohio State to enter the NBA draft, the university announced.

Thomas leaves with 1,630 points, ranking him ninth on the Buckeyes' career scoring list. He led the Big Ten in scoring this season with a 19.8 average and helped Ohio State reach the West Regional final before losing to Wichita State.

---North Carolina State guard Rodney Purvis is headed to Connecticut. The freshman is transferring after one season with the Wolfpack, he told the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer. NCAA transfer rules require Purvis to sit out in 2013-14 before he becomes eligible the following season at UConn.

---Sophomore guard Achraf Yacoubou informed the Villanova coaching staff that he plans to transfer after the spring semester, the school announced.

Yacoubou averaged 2.9 points in 31 games this season for the Wildcats.

--- Jeff Jones, head coach at American for the past 13 years and previously the head coach at Virginia, has been named head coach at Old Dominion, the school announced.
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