Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has been fired for bullying players

Rutgers has fired their bullying head coach Mike Rice

4/3/13 in NCAABB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

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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.



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.
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4/6/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21001 respect

Totally uncalled for...  Point blank...

4/3/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

I find it funny that the AD thought 3 game suspension and $50K fine was enough, but then the video comes out on OTL and suddenly he gets fired.  Wonder if the AD got a call at 2 am from School President and Board on what he should do to correct the matterwink

4/3/13   |   Debi_L   |   11774 respect

Well, I'm glad they got rid of him.  Seriously.  But 3 a.m.??   Yeah, that's a bit much.  How did they inform them? Text message? Phone call? Demand a team meeting?  I'm curious about that.  

Good riddance in any case.

4/3/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

4/3/13   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Interesting note: Rutgers players were informed at 3 a.m. that their coach would be fired.

Yes, 3 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. When they (supposedly) have school later that day.

BECAUSE THEY'RE STUDENTS FIRST, RIGHT GUYS?!?!?

Yeah... right.