By Matt Sugam
If – or more like when – an invite to the Big Ten comes Rutgers’ way, athletic director Tim Pernetti has the authority to accept a bid without approval of the Board of Governors.
According to The Star-Ledger and The Home News Tribune, Rutgers President Richard Barchi – who was speaking at Wynants Hall in New Brunswick to announce the university’s integration with UMDNJ – said Pernetti was given such authorization last year when the rumors of Rutgers being involved in conference realignment began.
“Under normal circumstances, [the board of governors] would give the athletic director and the president the authority to act on their behalf,” Barchi said. “We do that with union contracts, we do that with a whole range of things.”
But Pernetti already had that authority and it was given to him last year, before Barchi became President on September 1.
“A year ago, yes I think he that,” Barchi said. “That was before my time. [But] I think that was the case.”
However, Barchi would not comment on what Pernetti planned on doing should the Big Ten invite come. It’s expected Rutgers will accept the bid, and an announcement will come tomorrow.
“We’re here to talk about the events of this morning,” Barchi said. “And we’re not going to comment on anything outside of that at this particular event.”