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Rutgers suspends men's lacrosse coach

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Rutgers University announced Friday that it suspended men's lacrosse coach Brian Brecht with pay as it investigates verbal abuse allegations.

"While I cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, let me reiterate that there is no place at Rutgers for words or actions that are inconsistent with the values of the university. Our student-athletes, as all members of the Rutgers community, should know that our university is committed to promoting an atmosphere of respect and dignity," Rutgers president Robert Barchi said in a statement. "As I stressed earlier, we will be looking closely at all intercollegiate athletics at Rutgers going forward. If we find problems, we will address them."

Rutgers has been reviewing videos of practices in all sports since men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired after a video made public showed him kicking players, throwing balls at them and yelling anti-gay slurs.

The school has also formed a search committee for a new athletic director to replace Tim Pernetti, who resigned after the scandal was made public earlier this month.

The men's lacrosse team is 2-11 overall and 0-5 in the Big East this season.

Brecht, in his second year, also spent seven seasons as Siena's coach and was a three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coach of the year.
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