Rutgers Suspends Men’s Lacrosse Coach Amid Allegations of Verbal Abuse

Rutgers University on Friday announced that it had suspended Brian Brecht, its head men’s lacrosse coach, while its police department investigates allegations of verbal abuse.

The coach’s suspension comes weeks after Rutgers fired its head men’s basketball coach over his abusive behavior toward players during practices. The fallout from the basketball scandal prompted the university’s athletic director and a top lawyer to resign. The university’s president, Robert L. Barchi, said after the basketball coach’s firing that he had asked athletic-department officials to review practice tapes of the university’s sports teams, and to report back to him about any abuse.

“While I cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, let me reiterate that there is no place at Rutgers for words or actions that are inconsistent with the values of the university,” Dr. Barchi said in a written statement. “Our student athletes, as all members of the Rutgers community, should know that our university is committed to promoting an atmosphere of respect and dignity. As I stressed earlier, we will be looking closely at all intercollegiate athletics at Rutgers going forward. If we find problems, we will address them.”

Mr. Brecht was named coach of the lacrosse team in 2011. He will be paid during his suspension, the university said.

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