Rutgers Cans Mike Rice
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.”