For Rutgers, big-time scandal will mean big-time costs in dollars, reputation

Wealthy supporters are threatening to close their checkbooks. The disgraced coach and the tarnished athletic director are walking away with university-funded golden parachutes of more than $1 million each, reports. In less than a week, a middling basketball program has turned toxic. For New Jersey’s flagship university, the costs of scandal — in dollars and in reputation — could have consequences for years to come, according to interviews with labor attorneys, legislators and boosters of an athletic department that has stumbled through a transition to big-time college sports. Lawmakers are demanding reform. Rutgers President Robert Barchi, just seven months into the job, faces continued calls for his resignation.

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