Rutgers Coach Suspended and Fined $50K for ‘Throwing Basketballs at Players Heads’!
The decision, which was announced early this afternoon via press release from athletic director Tim Pernetti, followed an internal investigation that revealed abusive, profane language used by Rice toward his players and an incident during his first or second season in which Rice threw basketballs at some players’ heads during practice, according to multiple people with knowledge of the findings and the video evidence presented to Rice.
“It’s a difficult situation, certainly,” Pernetti said during a conference call this afternoon. “I was made aware of some things in the last couple of weeks. We commenced a pretty thorough and lengthy investigation and this was the result of that investigation. There was obviously some things that are not to the Rutgers standard that we evaluated.”
“There is some concern for these players — that’s the biggest thing — as far as how they’re being treated,” Director of Player Development Eric Murdock said. “Eventually a lot of stuff will come to light and it’s not going to shed a good light on Rutgers University.”
“I sincerely apologize to our players, both past and present,” Rice said in a statement released by the university with the news of his punishment. “To our incredible assistant coaches and staff; to President (Robert) Barchi; the Board of Governors and Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti for their belief in me. … My commitment to becoming a better man and coach is only matched by my passion to make Rutgers basketball a great source of pride for the community.” – nj.com
NJ Rutgers coach Mike Rice, known for yelling at his players, and using questionable (at best) coaching techniques was suspended three games, and fined $50K for repetitive “abusive, profane language towards the players”, and “throwing basketballs at players heads”! He will be suspended until Jan. 2. Check out an excerpt from the press release, NJ Rutgers’ athletic director and director of player development comments, and Rice’s apologetic statement above!