UnbelievableThis kind of garbage makes me sick: Rutgers' Rice Berates Players at Practice.
In several dozen hours of video of Rutgers men's basketball practices obtained by "Outside the Lines," coach Mike Rice is seen hurling basketballs from close range at his players' heads, legs and feet; shoving and grabbing his players; feigning punching them; kicking them; and screaming obscenities and homophobic slurs.
...In addition to Rice's physical actions seen in the practices, Rice calls Rutgers players "f----ts," "m-----f-----s," "p-----s," "sissy b-----s," and "c---s," among other epithets.
Rice is described as "fiery" and "intense", and I am so sick of abusive bastards being described as "fiery".
It's not fire. It's an emotional disorder. Mike Rice is broken and disturbed.
It's not coaching. It's abuse.
This video has just come to public light, but Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti was shown the video months ago. So what happened to Rice? Pernetti--as big a dick as Rice, apparently--suspended Rice for three days. It's incredible.
Here's what Rutgers President Robert Barchi said last year:
At a remarkable time of challenge for higher education, Rutgers has the opportunity to be a leader for the nation, and I am excited to be able to contribute to that work.
Yes, you can contribute, Mr. Barchi. You can contribute by firing your Athletic Director immediately, then firing your basketball Head Coach and replacing him with someone who can act like a human being.
In America, our standards for coaching behavior are broken. Utterly broken. Coaches shouldn't be able to say anything to an athlete that a regular faculty couldn't say. It's ridiculous to pretend that sports are somehow "different". They're not.
They never were.