Rutgers assistant to Rice steps down

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The fallout from the Mike Rice's behavior as head basketball coach at Rutgers also has claimed one of Rice's trusted assistants.

On Wednesday, Rutgers fired Rice, and later in the day assistant Jimmy Martelli resigned his post.

People around the Scarlet Knights basketball program referred to Martelli as "Baby Rice", according to ESPN. Martelli exhibited some of the same coaching tactics as Rice, including physical abuse and harsh language.

Former Rutgers player Tyree Graham said Martelli "used to belittle players by the way he talked." He also said Martelli and Rice were "best friends. But Rice would yell at Martelli in practice as well."

Martelli can be seen shoving a player on the DVD that athletic director Tim Pernetti saw in November.

According to, earlier this week Pernetti said Martelli's involvement had been addressed.

"Jimmy was spoken to about the matter," Pernetti said. "We dealt with that. Certainly the tape focused on Mike, but it brought some other things to light that we dealt with at the same time that we dealt with Mike."

Martelli worked for Rice at Robert Morris and joined the staff at Rutgers in 2010.

Martelli is the son of Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli.

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