Apr 4, 2013
Rutgers Coach Mike Rice Fired

The Associated Press

http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/04/03/rutgers-coach-mike-rice-under-fire-for-explosive-video/EgpEdeGXoULl8J8HDeYK8J/story.html

Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice Wednesday after a video aired showing him shoving, grabbing, and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs.

The video, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, prompted sharp criticism from Governor Chris Christie, and the head of the New Jersey Assembly called for Rice to be fired.

With mounting criticism on a state and national level, the school decided to take action, relieving Rice of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school. There will be a national search to replace him.

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by an ex-employee. After hiring independent investigators to analyze the tape, he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75, 0, and ordered him to attend anger management classes. University president Robert Barchi signed off on that punishment.

But in a Wednesday e-mail, Rutgers referred to new information and “a review of previously discovered issues” as the reasons for Rice’s termination.

“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice, ” Pernetti said. “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.”

Rutgers Coach Mike Rice Fired

The Associated Press

http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/04/03/rutgers-coach-mike-rice-under-fire-for-explosive-video/EgpEdeGXoULl8J8HDeYK8J/story.html

Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice Wednesday after a video aired showing him shoving, grabbing, and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs.

The video, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, prompted sharp criticism from Governor Chris Christie, and the head of the New Jersey Assembly called for Rice to be fired.

With mounting criticism on a state and national level, the school decided to take action, relieving Rice of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school. There will be a national search to replace him.

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by an ex-employee. After hiring independent investigators to analyze the tape, he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75, 0, and ordered him to attend anger management classes. University president Robert Barchi signed off on that punishment.

But in a Wednesday e-mail, Rutgers referred to new information and “a review of previously discovered issues” as the reasons for Rice’s termination.

“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice, ” Pernetti said. “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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