Wednesday, April 3, 2013


It appears that Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired today, and rightfully so. I've played sports for 20 years, had a dozen different coaches, and not one of them treated me or any of my teammates anything remotely close to how Rice treated his players. And these are the kids that he recruited, on scholarship, to come play for him! Not only should he be fired for his actions, but he should be fired for the integrity of the whole program. In today's day and age, the video that was released on ESPN's Outside the Lines, every high school basketball player will see the video and those talented enough to play at the Division 1 level won't consider Rutgers as long as Rice as at the helm. The video is an embarrassment to Rice and to Rutgers, as long as they keep him installed as head coach. The Athletic Director should likely be fired as well for not responding to this issue sooner, but it's Rice who I can't see finding another job in college basketball for a long, long while. On another note, it's just another mention of someone brought down in today's society by the fact that somebody's always watching. His actions were caught clear as day on video tape, something Rice should have been cognizant of. His unacceptable actions would have come out eventually, but now they're on display for everyone with access to YouTube. It's good reporting by ESPN to help rid the amateur coaching ranks of someone who certainly doesn't belong there.

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