AP source: FBI eyes possible extortion at Rutgers

April 7, 2013 • National News

Rutgers University Board of Governors Chairman Ralph Izzo, left, looks on Friday, April 5, 2013, in New Brunswick, N.J., as university President Robert Barchi listens to a question. Barchi announced the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti, who had decided to “rehabilitate” rather than fire men’s head basketball coach Mike Rice, whose abusive behavior was captured on a video. Pernetti dismissed Rice on Wednesday. Barchi’s job appeared to be safe after getting a public nod of support from the school’s board of governors. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs.

Meanwhile, Robert Morris University is expected to report in coming days what it has learned in its own inquiry on the three years Rice spent as head coach there.

A person familiar with the FBI’s probe told The Associated Press on Sunday that investigators are interested in Eric Murdock, who left his job as the men’s basketball program’s player development director last year and later provided the video to university officials and ESPN.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the inquiry has not been announced. The investigation was first reported last week Login to read more

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