Tim Pernetti to speak at Rutgers football mentoring program – NJ.com

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Tim Pernetti is returning to Rutgers, addressing the Scarlet Knights football team as the final speaker in the program’s “Life Beyond the Game” spring series.

Three years after he was forced to resign as Rutgers Athletics Director in the wake of the Mike Rice player abuse scandal, Pernetti will address the Scarlet Knights in the final installment of a seven-week program intended to prepare the players for success after football.

It will mark the first time that Pernetti is back at Rutgers speaking in any type of mentoring capacity.

“I’m incredibly flattered to have been asked to speak to the football program about my life’s experiences after playing football at Rutgers almost 20 years ago,” Pernetti told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday morning. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the team room, a place that I spent a lot of hours as a student-athlete and where I learned a lot about how to handle my life beyond football.”

Today, Pernetti serves as the president of IMG College Multimedia, where he handles sponsorship and marketing opportunities for more than 90 colleges nationwide.”

One of those colleges Rutgers, which in July 2013 signed an 11-year, $65 million multirights pact with IMG, the sports marketing giant that guarantees the university’s athletics program at least $4.7 million in sponsorship, licensing, advertising and trademark revenue annually.

A former Rutgers football letterwinner as a tight end in the early 1990s, Pernetti was the youngest AD in Division I at age 38 when he took over in 2009.

An Oakland, Bergen County, native, Pernetti was the architect of Rutgers’ entrance into the Big Ten Conference, providing the university greater financial resources, an enhanced student-athlete experience and increased media exposure with the move from the Big East Conference. 

Following his ouster, Pernetti spent 17 months working for New York City FC, serving as chief business officer for the Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

What is ‘Life Beyond the Game’

“Life Beyond the Game” is a mentoring program implemented by new Rutgers football coach Chris Ash that’s loosely defined as “a personal development program for success.”

“When the cheering stops,” Ash told NJ Advance Media last month, “the goal is to help give them an opportunity to go get employed. A lot of people want college athletes in the workforce, and what we need to do is make sure our college athletes get connected to the right people.”

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