Skip to comments.Mike Rice fired at Rutgers after abusive behavior on practice tapes comes to light
Posted on 04/03/2013 8:55:34 AM PDT by deport
Mike Rice's three-year run at Rutgers has come to an end.
The university terminated Rice's contract this morning following a meeting with athletic director Tim Pernetti in his office at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Rice's job status became tenuous when videotapes of his actions during practices from his first and second years on campus were made public by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program on Tuesday.
Rice was seen throwing basketballs at players — including one instance, throwing it at a player's head — as well as shoving players during a practice. He was also heard using the term "f------ faggot" at a player and using abusive language.
Photos at the article link...
(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...
OK, am I the only one who played the game the TEACHER’S called, smear the queer from Jr. high through High School?
I suspect that's what got him fired. At least he didn't refer to their women's team as "Nappy Headed Hos."
I consider myself and my coach very lucky to have not lived in this PC world.
I got knocked around, called names too ‘sensitive’ for this forum and sometimes almost beat up by ‘Coach’.
RIP ‘Coach’ and thank you!
I bet he fine until he said fa.gg.ot.
Then he was toast.
Another century, another galaxy.
The time and place we all knew and loved are long gone.
(you are SO insensitive!) /sarc
You know they gave the guy a second chance, now they fired him just because the old tapes were made public. I think the guy was a bonehead acting that way however I don’t buy into all the horror over it. Overall though I wouldn’t want to employ him coaching that way.
When I was a kid all the kids on the block would play smear the queer. Someone would throw a ball straight up and we would all try to catch it and run around the yard until we got tackled. Then that guy would throw the ball, and repeat.
He got fired because he was an idiot.
Had any coach ever thrown something at my head as he did, rest assured he would not have needed to be fired..........
I think we went to the same school. My contribution to team sports was to not get injured, screw the team, I was the smallest guy except in weightlifting.
In the aforementioned timeless game of smear the queer, I never got hit cause I stayed in back. Yeah, what a puss but having 6’ dudes throwing an anvil weighted dodge ball at 4’x” me, screw em. Plus I made friends with some of them and they had my back.
sounds a lot like Brockian Ultra-Cricket: A curious game which involves suddenly hitting people for no readily apparent reason and then running away
Not much doubt which f-word got him fired. It was not the first, even though that's the one that gets abbreviated.
It reminds me of some of my sergeants during boot camp. They put you through hell, but after a while I learned to admire them for it--unlike the commissioned officers, who only showed up occasionally for inspections, and mostly didn't seem to know diddly from squat.
Good thing Lou Holtz never got videoed, I understand he was notorious for grabbing face masks and jerking players around. When I played that was the ultimate insult to a player.......just sayin
All that was missing from that ESPN video was sad violins in the background.
Funny ... no mention of caliber or magazine size
Was it auto .. semi-auto .. AK47 or AR15 ?
Listen ... we can't just have people firing on universities without some kind of reporting.
C'mon you guys ... get with the program.
And while you're at it ... what kind of abuse was he performing on the tape?
Was it anything like, you know .. being on the telephone?
(What an uncomfortable position)
ESPN claims another scalp.
ESPN has been playing the video over and over. Not once did I see a ball being thrown at someones head. I saw a couple being thrown at some feet but none at the head.
Especially on a game on national TV. More than once.
That would be really really bad if he had done something like that more than once on national TV.
PC communist controllers at it again...
We played smear the q-word the same way. I always thought queer meant the guy with the football. Huh. Who knew?
When I was growing up, before "dodge ball" was invented, we played a game called "dodge rocks".......
Even in the late 70's the name for the game was being changed to "Kill the Carrier".
Now they’ll just call it, “Kill the Christian.”
“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” - Thomas Paine
thank you! he is an ass... lacking in self-control... when i was a kid i had a coach for several years who i thought was "mean." and she was... she was scary... but i stayed on her team, because she also knew what she was doing, and we won championships... but she never laid her hands on us, or threw things at us... and she didn't call us belitting names... but hell, i did not want to be on her bad sad during practices... and no one ever wanted to show up late... i learned a lot from her...
Mike Rice behaved like a grown man in a bratty child's body... throwing tantrums... gosh--what a baby...
America is becoming a nation of butthurt pansies, like a protected child who couldn’t survive a week without “mommy” taking care of every need.
PC run amok.
Where I came from they called this “despicable” behavior coaching.
I can picture a future Vince Lombardi stacking cans of corn in a supermarket because he called a linebacker a “p*ssy”.
Rough game. My best boyhood friend died from it.
I didn’t see anyone get hit in the head either. Maybe I didn’t see the entire video. It looked OK to me - but then I grew up in the early 60s with Catholic nuns.
boo-hoo...the prima-donnas are upset!! get over it you Prima-donnas!!
That’s not coaching, it is bullying and abuse.
He is a disgrace to coaches everywhere.
FTR, he did throw at the head as well as other places.
Bobby Knight used to do the same stuff and the media shrugged and o’ that’s just bobby. Different times different rules.
So a supervisor calling an employee that term in your workplace is okay?
Throwing basketballs and all stuff at employees is okay?
When he quit winning it became less okay.
If my coaches didn’t yell, scream, throw stuff and curse, something was usually wrong.
As a coach, I am not PC by any stretch of the imagination. I also tell the players parents in our first meeting that I am not PC and their kids are going to hear some colorful language, things they probably hear and say everyday at school and with their buddies.
The only time I was called on the carpet is when I called one of my players a p$**y for refusing to go into the corners to get the puck. I had to deal with the parent, the board and the coaches association. I had to apologize to the player, the parent and do it in front of the team. The kid never stepped on the ice for me again.
When the parent complained the next time and I had to meet with everyone, I explained that hockey is a very dangerous game and it is clear the player is afraid. I am just protecting him from getting injured. That’s why we practiced these drills over and over. The mom said I was targeting her son for retaliation. The board agreed with me.
A week later the mom called me and asked me what can I do to reinstate her son on the team. I told the mom she had to apologize to her child for putting him in this situation and apologize to me, the board and the coaches association for wasting our time.
She did. Never heard another word from her.
Thank you. It’s nice to read some sane comments on a thread otherwise devoted to ignorance.
Yup you got that right.
I expect you would hear similar stories about coaches past and present in many differing levels of athletics. I remember in my high school years hearing about things some high school coaches employed in practice and was glad I was never a part of it.
Interesting story of Coach Bear Bryant and the Ten days in hell with the Bear
Over a period of two years, I interviewed all of the Junction survivors and many of the quitters for a book published by St. Martin's Press in 1999 titled "The Junction Boys." Gene Stallings, who would later coach the Cowboys secondary for fourteen years, and lead Alabama to a national title in 1992, uttered the most unforgettable line about the hell camp; "We went out there in two buses and came back in one."
Players ran off in the middle of the night. Some hitchhiked back to College Station. The ones who were brave enough to inform Bryant they were quitting received a free ride to the bus station and a ticket home. For the most part, they scurried across the dusty and rocky grounds through the moonlit darkness as the others yelled from their beds, "Tell the girls back in College Station we said howdy! Tell 'em we'll be home soon."
We just lost one of the Junction Boys, Jack Pardee.
WIKI says he was one of 35 players to survive the Ten Days in Hell.
John Perry Pardee (April 19, 1936 April 1, 2013) was an
American football linebacker and the only head coach to helm
a team in college football, the National Football League,
the United States Football League, the World Football League,
and the Canadian Football League. Pardee was inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986.
I also remember how the football coaches treated us in elementary school. We were far too young to be playing tackle football then, and there was no excuse for how some of these coaches behaved. I see the same thing in today's coaches when I watch kids younger than 10 play tackle football in Florida. There are some scary people out there serving as coaches, along with a lot of parents who don't exercise very good judgment.
Is he making an appointment with Oprah and/or Sharpton?
Actually Woody Hayes didn’t stand a chance at coaching after he personally assaulted a DB from Clemson back in ‘78 or so.
When I coached lacrosse, from “very rec league” to pretty competitive levels. In the program, I was known as the coach who would sometimes pepper my talks with cursing so it’s not like the kids who played for me never heard it. Also, I don’t think it hurt them too much because most of them are playing are varsity lacrosse at their respective high schools.
That being said, how did calling the kid that name help in teaching what is actually a important concept in hockey, i.e. you need to go into the corners?
Do you rant and rave and yell at your employees or co-workers? If not, why is it okay to do that when you coach?
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.