Rutgers Fire Coach Mike Rice After Video Shows Him Shoving And Throwing Balls At Players

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DEVELOPING:  Rutgers officials announced Wednesday that the New Jersey university has fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice following the release of videos depicting him hurling balls and yelling gay slurs at players.


Rutgers’ athletic department announced the termination on its Twitter page.

“Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” the posting read.

The state school previously punished Rice in December, suspending him for three games and fining him $50,000. Athletic director Tim Pernetti said Tuesday that the school was reconsidering its decision to retain the 44-year-old coach.

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

The videotape, which was broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, prompted scores of outraged social media comments, as well as criticism from Gov. Chris Christie and NBA star LeBron James. The head of the New Jersey Assembly also called for Rice to be fired.

A national search to replace Rice, who reportedly earned an average of $650,000 annually when he signed a five-year deal in 2010, will now take place after three relatively unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school.

Pernetti received a copy of the video in November and then hired independent investigators to analyze the tape.

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