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Rutgers to commission independent probe

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Rutgers University announced Monday that it is commissioning an independent review regarding the conduct of fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice and the how it handled the situation after learning about Rice's behavior during practice.

Rice was initially suspended for three games after ESPN aired 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 athletic director Tim Pernetti stepped down.

The FBI is also investigating whether former Rutgers basketball employee Eric Murdock attempted to extort the university before recording the practices and releasing the footage of Rice abusing the players.

Rutgers announced that 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 in December when it discussed Rice's conduct during a committee meeting that month.

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