This is likely the first and last blog post that Play For The Garden will every write on Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights won’t be sticking with the ‘new’ Big East, or even with the yet-to-be-named ‘old’ Big East, and will be heading to the Big Ten. But boy do we have a dandy to send them on their way with.
Back on December 12, 2012 it was announced that Mike Rice, Rutgers third year head coach, had been suspended for three games and docked $50,000 for whipping balls at his own players’ heads during practice.
But this afternoon the actual video of said incident was released to the public and shown on ESPN’s Outside the Lines. The reports released months ago that got him suspended for a few games didn’t do the situation justice. The way he treats his players in practice is nothing short awful.
Not only does he chuck basketballs at his players, both when they are looking and not looking, but he also shoves players on multiple occasions, abuses them verbally, and even kicks one player mid drill. Yeah, this is how you make your players better and get them to respect you.
It’s a pretty powerful video compilation (which is below), but what is most amazing to me is how the players tolerate his actions. The resolve the players have to not retaliate or even leave the program and expose their coach on their way out is astonishing.
Flinging basketballs at players’ noggins and verbally abusing them in public sounds like legitimate terms to me for a firing. But somehow Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti went on live TV (ESPN) basically defending Rice. I wouldn’t be surprised if both of these guys are canned in the coming days like they deserve to be.
Nonetheless, I don’t see how any player would ever commit to playing for this bum moving forward.