NJ state senate leader calls for Rutgers AD's job

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FILE - This photo combo shows Rutgers President Robert Barchi, left, and Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti.  Mike Rice was fired as the Rutgers men's basketball coach after a video surfaced showing him shoving players and berating them with gay slurs, but critics said New Jersey's flagship public university still has more explaining,  and maybe some more firing to do. A group of 13 faculty members Wednesday, April 3, 2013,  demanded that Barchi resign for his "inexcusable handling" of the situation. Some Rutgers alumni say Pernetti should be dismissed.  (AP Photo/File)
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FILE - This photo combo shows Rutgers President Robert Barchi, left, and Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti. Mike Rice was fired as the Rutgers men's basketball coach after a video surfaced showing him shoving players and berating them with gay slurs, but critics said New Jersey's flagship public university still has more explaining, and maybe some more firing to do. A group of 13 faculty members Wednesday, April 3, 2013, demanded that Barchi resign for his "inexcusable handling" of the situation. Some Rutgers alumni say Pernetti should be dismissed. (AP Photo/File)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The president of New Jersey's state Senate has joined the chorus of alumni and politicians calling for Rutgers University's athletic director to be ousted for not firing the men's basketball coach sooner.

Athletic Director Tim Pernetti fired coach Mike Rice this week after a video showing the coach kicking and shoving players and berating them with a gay slur became public.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney said in a statement Thursday that the case will "hang over Rutgers like a dark cloud for weeks, months and perhaps years to come."

He says he's especially troubled that Rice is in line to get a $100,000 bonus for coaching through the recently finished season.