Rutgers suspends ex-Loyola coach Brecht amid investigation of verbal abuse

Probe of former Greyhounds assistant follows firing of basketball coach Rice over abusive behavior

April 19, 2013|By Jon Fogg, The Baltimore Sun

Rutgers announced the suspension of men’s lacrosse head coach Brian Brecht, a former Loyola University assistant, on Friday pending a university police investigation of allegations of verbal abuse.

No length was given for the suspension, which is with pay.

Brecht's suspension comes a little more than two weeks after the highly publicized firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice. Rice was let go April 3 after a video surfaced of him making homophobic slurs and throwing basketballs at his players during practice. Athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned amid that scandal.

“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. 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,“ Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi said in a news release. “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.”

Brecht was hired in June 2011 to replace Jim Stagnitta. He was a member of the Greyhounds staff from 2001 to 2004, serving as the offensive coordinator and working with the team's extra-man offense as well as with recruiting and scouting. He left Loyola in 2004 to become the head coach at Siena for the next seven seasons, winning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

Rutgers (2-11), which has lost 10 straight games, is scheduled to host No. 2 Duke on Saturday night.

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