Rutgers suspends lacrosse coach over allegations of verbal abuse

Another Rutgers University coach is in hot water over allegations of verbal abuse, the college announced Friday.

Rutgers officials say they suspended the men’s lacrosse coach while the Rutgers University Police Department investigates allegations of verbal abuse, the university announced in a statement. The coach was suspended with pay pending the completion of the investigation.

The release did not identify the coach, however Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse website lists Brian Brecht as the team’s head coach.

“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,” Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said in a statement.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Rutgers received national attention following the release of controversial video of former head basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing players.

Rice and two other high-ranking university officials were either fired or resigned from their positions following the video’s release.

Rutgers suspends lacrosse coach over allegations of verbal abuse