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The scandal over Rutgers University’s former basketball coach has reached its legal department.

Rutgers’ general counsel resigned last week in the wake of the growing scandal over former basketball coach Mike Rice’s mistreatment of players.

The university fired Rice in early April after a video was released showing Rice pushing players, throwing basketballs at them and yelling homophobic slurs.

Rice had previously been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 in December after an investigation in which former GC John Wolf participated. Wolf has been criticized for advice he gave the school’s athletic director that led to a decision not to fire Rice.

Wolf remains on the Rutgers payroll, however, as a university lawyer. The Star-Ledger also reported that Wolf received a $420,000 payout and free football tickets to resign his post.

John Farmer Jr., a  former New Jersey attorney general and current dean of the Rutgers Law School, will take over as interim general counsel.

So here’s our question for you:

Do you think the university handled the situation with its general counsel properly?

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