Rutgers May Be Looking for a New Basketball Coach Soon

By Jason Priestas on April 2, 2013 at 3:38p

So, uh, Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice may not survive to see his first Big Ten game.

"Outside the Lines" has obtained several-dozen hours of Rutgers men's basketball practices from 2010-2012 that show dozens of incidents in which head coach Mike Rice hurls basketballs from close range at his players' heads, legs and feet; shoves and grabs his players; feigns punching them; kicks them; and screams obscenities and homophobic slurs.


In addition to Rice's physical actions seen in the practices, Rice calls Rutgers players "fa--ots," "mother----ers," "pu--ies," "sissy b-tches," and "c----," among other epithets.

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti suspended Rice for three games and fined him $50,000 in December after having viewed approximately 30 minutes of the video, but with several dozen hours of footage now in the hands of ESPN, Rice may soon be fighting to keep his job.


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Grant Edgell's picture

He's a terrible aim.

penult's picture

Wow.  He could use some Anger Management.

45OH4IO's picture

So, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that is NOT great for recruiting purposes. He should be a drill sergeant for the marines or something instead. Must be totally awkward and embarrassing!

Culp's Freaking Hill's picture

Gotta think Rice will have to update his resume and possibly make a non-coaching version.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Fried Rice? Fired Rice? Either way...


I think part of his problem is he coaches for Rutgers.

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Jonnferrell's picture

In my expert basketball opinion, Rice is a whackjob.

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BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

As someone who witnessed a few Cinci Bearcats practices under Huggy Bear's tenure, the name calling is par for the course (even choirboys like Coach K)
However a coach putting his hands on a player (other than in a congratulatory sense) is just out of line.
I'm surprised Rice hasn't caught a 2 piece with a biscuit from any of the players.  He deserves a punch in the face, at the very least.

Dr. House's picture

what about hand on shoulder in a teaching moment?
but rice should be fired and more than likely will be fire

Hovenaut's picture

Good Lord man, just go Thurple......

Unky Buck's picture

That guy is such an ass bag...

Timothy Olyphant agrees...

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Bucks43201's picture

haha this reminds me of my high school basketball coach --- he would do worse stuff than this.
I guess throwing the ball is a little excessive, but any time ESPiN's Outside The Lines is basically calling for a guy to get fired, I'll say let him stay.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Hitting and kicking, no good.  But as far as name calling, well, maybe they ARE a bunch of p***y a** b****es.  Just sayin'.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm trying hard to be filled with fake outrage. I'm failing miserably.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

We are witnessing soon-to-be post-Tom Crean basketball at Indiana

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BuckeyeVet's picture

Post or present?

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Bucks43201's picture

I'm more upset about Minnesota firing Tubby Smith.
Major WTF. I just don't see who they're gonna get that would be beter. Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart aren't going there. Seems like a bad gamble.

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MN Buckeye's picture

Agreed!  Tubby was class compared to this Rutgers d-bag Rice.  I think they thought Smart would follow AD Norwood Teague to MN, but he promptly reupped with VCU.  Maybe it's me, but I think there is no room for this Rice behavior in coaching at any level.

Riggins's picture

I've been impressed with Pernetti (Rutgers AD, not the coach) in the times I've seen him. This isn't a good look for him.  You gotta get rid of this coach.  Can't be throwing balls at players' heads or choking them by the jersey.

jedkat's picture

All I see in that video is a coach demonstrating a no-look pass and then playing some dodge ball to work on footwork.  #11's footwork looks pretty good, and the pass before it was crisp and on target.
The only problem is it's typically the passer that isn't looking...

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BucksfanXC's picture

So from what I can tell so far, this is leaked/compiled by an assistant coach whose contract is not being renewed/he is being let go, depending on the version of that story you believe. So either a)he is butthurt and vindictive, b) he is being fired for being a whistleblower. Which stems off into, a-1) he was complicit with this for the duration of his contract and is part of the problem or b-1)the AD is about to get fired for covering this up/not addressing it for years.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

The countdown to "Rutgers has scheduled a press conference..." has officially begun.
Could be an intriguing job: East Coast recruiting base, B1G future, modest expectations.
Is Ben Howland looking for redemption? Is Chris Collins looking for his receipt?

buckeyeguy0615's picture

I just got word that if Mike Rice were to be fired, Thad Matta would consider an interview for Rutger's head coach job

Bucks43201's picture

delayed April Fool's?

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buckeyeguy0615's picture

Yeah no worries. I never got to say a joke on here yesterday

Bucks43201's picture

The real story here is just that the coach is actually providing a safer environment inside that gym, than what's outside the campus.

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Buckeyejason's picture

This guy totally reminds me of my High School coach Rob Hamner..guy was a nut! Never threw balls at us or put his hands on us though.


Codeezy's picture

If you can dodge a ball, you can dodge a...wait, what sport are we playing?

Sean N's picture

Am I the only one here who really likes the term "sissy bitches"?

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

No. I call my friends that at least twice a week. Term of endearment as far as I'm concerned.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Speaking of Bob Knight, I heard he said on an interview recently that he had a couple different opportunities over the years to come back to OSU and coach, but as we know, he never did. He said he regrets not coming back to OSU to coach when he had the chance.

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

I am also trying to fake outrage ... guess its my age and experience with coaches of my generation. however, you can bet this will result in a firing, and, given that times have changed, i can't totally disagree.
on a side note, can no one ever please use the term "butt hurt" again? i mean, if you are older than 13? when and where did this become a real adjective? i see it, and maybe its my age, but seriously, people really say this? 

Keith's picture

For those that don't see a problem, did you watch the full video rather than just the animated GIF?   He pushes and kicks players.  Threw a ball at a players head.  Threw another one at a player's nuts.  
I don't have 'fake outrage' either but his conduct is totally out of line.  

Maestro's picture

Agreed.  Watch the whole tape.  Guy is obviously out of control.

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bigbadbuck's picture

There should be no "may be looking for a new coach" should say "they are looking for a new coach"....This is unforgivable, inexcusable and borders on assault in my opinion. Why oh why does the  person in charge even have to think this over? It should be snap bang over and done with and now the police can figure it out. As a parent I'd like nothing more than to show this coward how it feels to be intimidated

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gumtape's picture

This guy is perfect for a Meme contest. Here is my first try:

and the link to create your own:

High and tight boo boo

Maestro's picture

vacuuming sucks

hodge's picture

Perhaps it's just perspective, but his thumb seems to be making an obtuse angle. 
Fitting, really; especially with regards to his sense of social norms. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

That's acute observation you made there, Hodge.

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Earle's picture

Isosceles what you did there!

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rkylet83's picture

The world needs less of these idiots influencing our youth.  Good riddance.

gumtape's picture

Mike Rice's new job...

High and tight boo boo

Alpo's picture

And he's fired!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I am so outraged at this.  I mean, the nerve of this guy to use such horrible words!  Especially the C-word and what I like to refer to as the OTHER F-word.  Especially when he uses both F-words back-to-back - my goodness!  And the nerve of this guy to throw basketballs at his players!  What a DICK!  OK, so maybe some of that was fake outrage.  Dude is still a d-bag though and he's gone now. 

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