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Inside Rutgers' 17-day investigation

From first instincts to a final decision on the punishment of coach Mike Rice

Updated: April 7, 2013, 3:16 AM ET
By Don Van Natta Jr. | ESPN.com

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- On Nov. 26, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti first watched the video of head basketball coach Mike Rice abusing his players during practices. Pernetti's first instinct, he said in his resignation letter Friday, was to fire Rice immediately.

But he didn't do that. Instead, Pernetti sought second opinions and, at the direction of Rutgers attorneys, he commissioned a report by an independent investigator. Pernetti initially consulted with Robert L. Barchi, the Rutgers ...

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