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.”