Calling Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice a raging douche is an understatement.
ESPN’s Outside The Line obtained hours of practice footage showing Rice, among other thing, shoving and throwing basketballs at his players. The footage spanned practices from 2010-2012 and contained the same segment that was viewed by athletic director Tim Pernetti when he suspended Rice for three games and fined him $50,000 in December.
I would expect Rice to be fired by the end of the week…and Pernetti will probably follow.
The one thing you can say is that Rice’s hard tactics worked…oh, wait. In the past three seasons, Rutgers had never finished over .500.
Update 4/3/13 (12:07pm):
We knew Rice would be fired by the end of the week, little did we know that it would be just 24 hours later.
“Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” Rutgers said in a statement.
“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” Pernetti said in a statement. “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.”