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Rutgers prez blames ‘miscommunication’ for LeGrand imbroglio

Eric LeGrand

As expected, Rutgers is in full-blown spin mode.

This morning, former Scarlet Knight football player Eric LeGrand confirmed to a local paper that he had been asked Saturday to be the keynote speaker at RU’s graduation later this month only to have the offer inexplicably rescinded two days later.  The paralyzed former player was upset over the decision, with the situation marking yet another public embarrassment and black eye for the university.

With a public backlash that was both swift and strong, the school has backpedaled with the deftness of an All-American cornerback.  In a statement, RU president Robert Barchi said the situation was the result of a miscommunication [/wanking motion] and that LeGrand will indeed be one of the speakers at the commencement ceremony May 18.

Here’s Barchi’s spin move statement, in its entirety:

“Eric LeGrand will speak at our Commencement and personally receive his degree from me as a representative of the Class of 2014.

“It was never our intention that Eric would be the only speaker. We have resolved that miscommunication and are delighted to have him participate.

“Eric holds a special place in the hearts of the Class of 2014 and the entire university community. We are thrilled that he will be joining us on stage to make this special occasion even more memorable.”

On Twitter, the magnanimous LeGrand wanted the focus shifted from the controversy — and the administrator’s ineptitude — to those who will be receiving their diplomas.

Well, at least one side of this situation has kept it classy throughout.

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15 Responses to “Rutgers prez blames ‘miscommunication’ for LeGrand imbroglio”
  1. blacknole08 says: May 6, 2014 2:17 PM

    Classless move by Rutgers

  2. ipskipskyblue says: May 6, 2014 2:19 PM

    So basically the school said, go up there say a few words send out a tweet saying to keep the focus on the graduates and we are cool right?

    What a joke. He should have said no thanks, you offered me the keynote and this is just a hand out.

    who wants to listen to a gov of any state. this kid brings a view to life 99.9% of us will thnakfully never know. tlak about someone who overcame so much and now he gets to say a few words.

  3. blacknole08 says: May 6, 2014 2:19 PM

    Lemme clarify — classless for them to rescind the offer in the first place.

  4. Straight Cash Homie says: May 6, 2014 2:46 PM

    It would be awesome if he decided not to show up for the ceremony and blame it on “miscommunication” with the university.

  5. mogogo1 says: May 6, 2014 2:58 PM

    Rutgers handling of this should cost somebody their job. The initial dis-invitation supposedly came from the chief of staff working for the university president. Truly scary when a school’s “leadership” is that dumb.

  6. Deb says: May 6, 2014 2:58 PM

    LeGrand wouldn’t throw it back in their faces. He’s just not that kind of person. He’s all class.

  7. thegonz13 says: May 6, 2014 3:33 PM

    This school’s administration collectively has the same IQ and class as the cast of Jersey Shore.

  8. mrlaloosh says: May 6, 2014 4:40 PM

    “Dumb leadership?” This is a school named after someone who was going to give a huge cash gift and then said, never mind. So they name it after him anyway. Change name to University of New Jersey. Idiots.

  9. coachbeck says: May 6, 2014 4:50 PM

    Hope he gets up there and mentions God as well. Just to upset them

  10. cranespy says: May 6, 2014 5:44 PM

    Eric Legrande…..a man with character….a man with class a man who is most definitely NOT disabled.

  11. bbk1000 says: May 6, 2014 8:04 PM

    They screwed up the Rice deal…..it’s not shocking…

    The best way to educate is to masterbate…..

    Rutgers is a joke…..

  12. tgaustin says: May 6, 2014 8:29 PM

    Seriously, what a train-wreck of an Institution. Agree with what everyone on this thread has said.

  13. cfballfan1 says: May 6, 2014 11:17 PM

    LeGrand is all class. Rutgers – like school on Saturday.

  14. irishdodger says: May 7, 2014 10:06 AM

    I’m sure they’d embrace a Bill Ayers or some other Commie that hates America. But they shit on Rice & Legrand. Freedom of Speech only goes one way for the Left.

  15. dhardy8207 says: May 7, 2014 11:09 AM

    Very classy young man… A shame some people will never know a true passion for life and this young man has it despite a devastating injury.

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