TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

FBI interested in ex-Rutgers basketball employee Murdock

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

By The Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 7:21 p.m.

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.

A December letter from Murdock's lawyer to a lawyer representing Rutgers requested $950,000 to settle employment issues and said that if the university did not agree by Jan. 4, Murdock was prepared to file a lawsuit. The letter was obtained last week by the AP and other media outlets.

No settlement has been made. The video became public last week, and Murdock on Friday filed a lawsuit against the university, contending he was fired because he was a whistleblower trying to bring to light Rice's behavior.

University's president Robert Barchi will hold a town hall meeting Monday at the school's Newark campus, where he is expected to face some students and faculty who say they lost confidence in him even before the controversy over Rice's firing.

Robert Morris officials said athletic director Craig Coleman could speak about the matter Monday or Tuesday. Rice coached there before leaving for Rutgers in 2010.

Murdock told ESPN in an interview last week that coaches brawled with players during Rice's time at the Pennsylvania college. Robert Morris officials initially said that the video of Rice at Rutgers was not representative of how he acted at Robert Morris.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. UPMC: As many as 27,000 employees affected in data breach
  2. West Mifflin public works lauded for efforts
  3. Allegheny Township supervisors agree to rezone land for farming
  4. Kovacevic: Panic over Pirates? In April?
  5. Bullied South Fayette student’s case prompts wiretap overhaul legislation
  6. Pens insider: Penalty killing a concern in Stanley Cup playoffs
  7. Undersized rookie Gibbons is blur on ice for Penguins
  8. Patience pays off as starting pitcher Volquez gets 1st win for Pirates
  9. Avonmore parents enter child with genetic disorder in contest for wheelchair-accessible van
  10. Work on tournament-class dek hockey rink in Bloomfield to begin
  11. New Kensington police decline to identify stabbing victims amid investigation
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.