TODAY   |  April 06, 2013

Rutgers athletic director resigns in wake of scandal

The scandal at Rutgers over the shocking videos from several basketball practices is shaking the university right to the very top, and on Friday, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned from his job. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

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>> more fallout from the scandal at rutgers university over those shocking videotapes taken during basketball practice and the question of the university's top leaders and how they handled the situation. anne thompson reports.

>> reporter: the video that shocked the nation friday cost rutgers athletic director tim pa pernetti his job.

>> i always have and always will, no matter what, want what's best for rutgers .

>> reporter: mike rice kicking and shoving his players at practice, throwing basketballs at them and using homophobic slurs. in consultation with other university officials, pernetti said he decided to suspend rice rather than fire him. rutgers president , robert barchi admitted he was told what was on the video but never looked at it until next week.

>> i regret that i did not ask to see the video when tim first told me of its existence, because i am certain that this situation would have had a very different outcome, had i done so.

>> reporter: in the press conference, barchi tried to make amends to rutgers gay community . just three years ago that student tyler clemente committed suicide after his roommate spied on him during a romantic encounter with a man.

>> i also apologize to the lgbt community and all of us who share their values for the homophobic slurs shown on that video.

>> reporter: there are calls for barchi to resign, too, but he got a vote of confidence from new jersey governor chris christi in a statement and in person from the school's board of governors .

>> i think he is the the right person to run this place for many years to come.

>> reporter: the employee who made the video after he was let go friday filed suit against the school for wrongful termination.

>> when rutgers finds out about something done wrong to their students, they should act immediately.

>> reporter: costing the athletic director his job and the school their reputation. anne thompson , nbc news, new york.