Rutgers U. Lawyer Is Latest to Resign in Basketball Scandal’s Wake

John B. Wolf, Rutgers University’s former interim senior vice president and general counsel, resigned on Thursday, making him the latest addition to a list of campus officials who have lost their jobs in the wake of the university’s recent basketball scandal, The Star-Ledger reported.

The university’s president announced last week that Mr. Wolf and Tim Pernetti, the university’s athletic director, had resigned. But it later came to light that Mr. Wolf had stepped down only from his vice-president position and was given a new job as a university lawyer, according to the newspaper.

That move prompted complaints from many who took issue with Mr. Wolf’s staying on, in light of his decision to advise the university to suspend rather than fire Mike Rice, its head men’s basketball coach. The university dismissed Mr. Rice last week after a video of him shoving his players and shouting slurs at them went public.

Rutgers said on Monday that it would hire an independent investigator to review its handling of the case, which has raised questions about the university’s leadership.

“While I regret the circumstances surrounding my departure from Rutgers, I always will have very fond memories of the challenges and achievements that I have been a part of and the many colleagues and friends, both inside and outside the university, with whom I have worked at Rutgers since 1984,” Mr. Wolf said in a written statement. “I wish Rutgers well.”

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