Rutgers announced Monday that Carl Kirschner will take over as interim athletic director. Kirschner, former dean of Rutgers, was interim AD in 2009 after Bob Mulcahy was fired. Tim Pernetti stepped down as AD last week in the wake of a scandal involving fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice. Rice was initially suspended for three games after ESPN aired video footage of him kicking and shoving players, throwing basketballs at players and taunting them with homophobic language during practice. After public outcry, Rutgers fired Rice and Pernetti stepped down. Kirschner will remain in the AD role while the school searches for a permanent replacement. It is not clear how long the school will take to find a new AD as it is also looking for a successor to Rice. The Star-Ledger also reported that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is expected to have a role in the AD search. Rutgers is moving from the Big East to the Big Ten in 2014. A possible list of candidates includes Wisconsin deputy athletic director Sean Frazier, Michigan State deputy athletic director Greg Ianni, Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore, Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw and former Rutgers deputy athletic director Kevin MacConnell. Rutgers also announced Monday that it is commissioning an independent review regarding the conduct of Rice and how it handled the situation after learning about Rice's behavior during practice. The school said its Board of Governors will meet on Thursday to discuss hiring an independent adviser to investigate the scandal. Board chairman Ralph Izzo said that board member Mark P. Hershhorn saw the video of Rice abusing players in December when it discussed the coach's conduct during a committee meeting that month.
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