Rutgers assistant Jimmy Martelli resigns

Another coaching-job casualty has come about at Rutgers in the wake of the infamous Mike Rice abuse video.

A day after Rice lost his job as head coach, assistant Jimmy Martelli has resigned from his post. This was first reported by ESPN.com and has been confirmed by CBSSports.com

Martelli, the son of Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli, has ended his relationship with the university in large part, according to ESPN.com's report, because he displayed a lot of behavior similar to Rice's -- discriminatory language, physical abuse -- enough that he was referred to as "Baby Rice" by some around the program.

At least one of the Martelli incidents was on the DVD that (athletic director Tim) Pernetti saw in November ahead of disciplining Rice. ... According to NJ.com, Pernetti said on Tuesday during a meeting with local reporters that Martelli's involvement had been addressed.

"Jimmy was spoken to about the matter," NJ.com quoted Pernetti as saying. "We dealt with that. Certainly the tape focused on Mike, but it brought some other things to light that we dealt with at the same time that we dealt with Mike."

Martelli was an assistant of Rice's at Robert Morris, and then joined Rice's staff at Rutgers in 2010.

Former Rutgers player Tyree Graham told ESPN.com that Martelli "used to belittle players by the way he talked," adding that Martelli called players "b-----s" and "pu--ies." Graham also told ESPN.com that Martelli and Rice were "best friends. But Rice would yell at Martelli in practice as well."

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Matt Norlander has been with CBS Sports since 2010, primarily covering college basketball but also writes about the NBA Draft, the Olympics and the World Cup. He lives in Connecticut and loves to play... Full Bio

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