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Rutgers Fires Basketball Coach Mike Rice

April 3, 2013
Rutgers Fires Basketball Coach Mike Rice

Rutgers men's basketball Coach Mike Rice was fired Wednesday, one day after ESPN aired practice video suggesting abusive behavior by the coach.

Rice, 44, just completed his third season at Rutgers, which including a three-game suspension and $50,000 fine when Rutgers officials first saw the practice video last November.

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" obtained the video and showed it Tuesday, creating a media firestorm.

Wednesday morning, Rutgers issued a statement saying, "Based upon recently revealed information and a reviews of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice."

The two-paragraph release included a statement from Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti, stating: "I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice. 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."

Rice compiled a 44-51 record at Rutgers, including a 15-16 mark in 2012-13. He previously coached at Robert Morris for three seasons and has a career coaching record of 111-61.

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