Yesterday, Rutgers announced that head basketball coach Mike Rice would be suspended for abusing players in practice. His tactics included homophobic slurs, pushing players, and throwing basketballs at their heads.
ESPN initially reported the story on Outside the Lines:
After further review, Rutgers decided that they needed to fire Rice.
Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice.— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) April 3, 2013
Basically, they realized that the public outcry was far too great against Rice and his coaching tactics, and there's no way they could ever recruit anyone to play for this bully. Plain and simple.
Many of the "great" coaches in the past have been known to abuse their players. Bobby Knight is one of the first to come to mind.
That having been said, it's a new era. Coaches are viewed as father figures, and are responsible for helping raise a young man during his college years. It's unacceptable when guys like Rice treat their players like this, and it's about time Rutgers figured that out and showed him the door.