- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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The ouster of Tim Pernetti has cost the former Rutgers athletic director a shot at some hardware this year.
Pernetti is no longer a candidate for the AD year of the year award, presented by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.
In announcing the removal of Pernetti from the nominees, the editorial committee said that it did not have all of the facts about the decisions of the Scarlet Knights athletic department in regards to the situation with the since-fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice, and the scandal and the fallout since has caused them to reconsider.
From the release:
We understand that this sets a precedent, but we don’t feel that recognizing him would be true to the spirit of the awards, fair to readers or, especially, the other nominees.
This wasn’t an easy decision. There are many sides to this story, and Pernetti’s full role isn’t clear, nor is he the only person at fault. But as a nominee for this honor, he represented not only himself and his actions, but the actions and reputation of his university, all of which have become tainted by this episode. Regardless of the advice from counsel or others about legal liability, there’s no denying that Pernetti and his superiors made the decision to retain a coach they knew was abusing players, verbally and physically.
Tim Pernetti will be heard from again in sports business. He is simply too talented not to be. But he won’t be recognized in the category of Athletic Director of the Year, and, as we move forward, we will highlight only the remaining four nominees in the category: Mike Holder of Oklahoma State, Tom Jurich of Louisville, the late Mal Moore of Alabama and Jim Phillips of Northwestern.
The award will be presented May 22 at the 2013 SBJ/SBD Sports Business awards, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The committee had announced Pernetti and the other nominees on March 18, citing Pernetti's work in getting Rutgers into the Big Ten.
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