NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (CBS) – Rutgers University has announced the suspension of its men’s lacrosse head coach pending an investigation.

The Rutgers University Police Department has launched an investigation into the coach’s behavior following allegations of verbal abuse. He will be suspended with pay.

“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, “ said Robert L. Barchi, Rutgers University president. “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.”

On April 3, 2013, Rutgers fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice after video of him pushing players and yelling homophobic slurs surfaced on ESPN.

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