Rutgers Cans Mike Rice

By Jason Priestas on April 3, 2013 at 10:24a

One day after ESPN's Outside the Lines aired footage of Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice launching basketballs at his players and verbally degrading them, Rice is out of a job.

Rutgers fired Rice today, releasing the following statement:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 3, 2013) – Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice.

“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”


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DefendOhio's picture

The AD should be gone too. He only canned Rice after it came to public light. 

Unky Buck's picture

Exactly. I believe I read that he had all of the same footage, only watched 30 minutes of it, and came to what is seemingly a horrible punishment. Time to ax him as well.

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4thandinches's picture

Agreed. Three game suspension for those actions? Just slide it under the rug...smh 

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Baroclinicity's picture

I'm not sure this is accurate.  I heard that the situation was dealt with a few weeks ago, and that there was the suspension plus other things that would make the coach's life "difficult".  Meaning:  counseling and other things that he had to do so that it wasn't a sweep under the rug.  I can't confirm this, of course.
Maybe he should have been fired right off the bat.  I'm not debating that.  I just think it looks horrible that they didn't stand behind their original decision in terms of punishment once the media got a hold of it.  Who, in their right mind, would ever go coach at Rutgers now?

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dubjayfootball90's picture

just pisses me off man. You don't do that. Deserves to be fired. A**hole

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Baroclinicity's picture

DefendOhio is right.  This is crap.  The punishment was already doled out for the coach... this is like a month late getting out to the public.  Whether public opinion thinks the punishment was appropriate is irrelevant.  The coach should not have been fired a month after the fact once the court of public opinion weighed in on it.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BROSEPH's picture

Yeah, after watching him on the Outside the Lines report, it seems like the AD was covering it up and hoping everything would go away.  Then reporters and news stations just kept calling him out that he was wrong in his reasoning.
I'd bet that if ESPN doesn't obtain those videotapes and that the Assistant coach doesn't speak out against him, Rice is still head coach at Rutgers.  Public outcry was too overwhelming (even LeBron James is calling you out) that they had no choice but to fire him.  Which makes everything the AD said and did previously complete bullocks.  I wouldn't want him as an AD of my school.   

ih8rolltyde's picture

How stupid are all the people making over 500K in this nonsense? The AD didn't think it was gonna get out? OUTSIDE THE LINES WAS ON CAMPUS FILMING BASKETBALL PRACTICES!!! Sure, this coach is a jackass for all his actions, but mostly, the part about doing it in front of ESPN cameras should be the first tip this man is a MORON! Maybe I'm missing something here....
(I think I may have my facts bad, sorry)

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I thought it only got out after an assistant coach was fired.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

From what I read, the assistant wasn't necessarily fired, just did not have his contract renewed.

bigbadbuck's picture

It never seems to be a problem until its a problem for the higher ups. I'd say if the AD doesn't already know it he's likely going to be watched closely

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Mr. Slick's picture

The AD sounds like he is afraid of getting canned himself. 
He should be let go if he had all this information the first time around.  His statements says based on "recently" revealed information but I think that's just him covering his butt.

tennbuckeye19's picture

The Rutgers basketball program is one of the worst among the major conferences. They have not been to the NCAA tournament since 1991. The last time they had a winning record was in 2005-2006. I doubt Mike Rice, complete a-hole coach or not, was gonna change the program. 
I wonder though, if this was a more high profile coaching gig at a higher profile school, would people care more or less? What if Rutgers was actually good and they were a top level basketball program, would this behavior be tolerated? Do you think success breeds tolerance?
If you think about Bob Knight, he had won championships and had had a large amount of success. He had won and earned the respect of his fanbase. Everyone knew he had a temper and was somewhat of a loose cannon, but that was just Coach Knight being Coach Knight. He wasn't given a "zero tolerance" policy from his school president and then eventually canned though until his level of success started to diminish. 

RedStorm45's picture comes a lawsuit from the assistant that was fired for videotaping it.

Grayskullsession's picture

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RBuck's picture

That is one of the reasons I like baseball.

Long live the southend.

BuckeyeW's picture

It looks like he says "boom" right before tossing him. Mattingly must've said the magic words.

jthiel09's picture

Thing is almost every college tapes their practices (from BCS schools to D-III) so at what point did that coach think it would be okay to act like this (which it was completely wrong in the first place) but also acting like that on camera where there is evidence of this?
Clearly the guy isn't cut out to be a coach if he's going to act the way he did towards his players, but he's also Rutger's needs to figure out why the AD didn't take the action he should have back in November or whenever it was when they received those tapes.
Just plain ridiculous.


EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Yeah, the fallout on this will have a pretty big ripple effect. As with the PSU mess (not that they're on the same level, but there are similarities in handling), there are scores of people who must have known about his behavior such as the AD, assistant coaches, university personnel, parents, the guy who filmed the abuse, but simply chose not to report it. Murdock's dismissal as director of player personnel, then, is kind of a blessing in that it pushed this to the front pages from just a side note in East Coast newspapers.
As with PSU, the question for Pernetti to answer will be, "Did you know all of this when you suspended Matt Rice in December?" The answer above seems to suggest he did, but opted to try to "fix" Rice rather than help the kids. Damn, that does sound familiar.

4thandinches's picture

I don't know about you but watching the video I was just waiting for one of the players to physically fight back. 

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Yeah, just one big right to the jaw, and he'd never abuse again.  But the players probably didn't want to risk losing their schollie, though.

Class of 2010.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Do you know what Mike Rice won't be doing ever again in this lifetime? Coaching anything, anywhere, to anyone.

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buckeyedude's picture

What an ass.
Got what he deserved. I don't care how much pressure is on him to win.
The Golden Rule: treat others and you would like to be treated. It's very simple.



NoVA Buckeye's picture

I'd like to see someone defend this guy. I don't think Knight would've.

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