April 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 PM ^

I might get down voted for this or whatever but, the media needs to make this issue more about the physical abuse than about the gay slurs being used. The reason the national media is getting so involved is because of the homophobic slurs which I'm positive are used by most successful coaches in any sport. It should not be made into a homosexuality issue.


April 2nd, 2013 at 9:37 PM ^

I absolutely agree that physical abuse is worse than slurs, 100%. But...if he had been throwing racial or ethnic slurs around, they would also (rightly) be a big part of the narrative, and I think they should be here too.

I'd be highly disappointed if anyone on Hoke or Berenson or Beilein's staff needed to resort to racial, ethnic or homophobic slurs to "teach" their sport, and quite honestly I think it should be considered a failure of character to do so.


April 2nd, 2013 at 10:07 PM ^

I agree they should be a part of the story as well. I guess the point I'm trying to make (and not doing a very good job of) is that whenever a story involves homophobic slurs a lot of media will jump in solely because of that, making it the biggest issue of the story. When in fact, the biggest issue is the physical abuse and the basketball throwing.

And I also would be disappointed if Hoke, Beilein, etc would resort to those levels and I don't believe they do. But it does happen.


April 2nd, 2013 at 10:15 PM ^

Yes, the physical actions are more egregious. But I don't have a problem with the verbal abuse getting equal coverage because I think a majority of people would agree that the physical actions were not ok while not as many would think that some of the homophobic comments are not ok. Either way, coverage of one does not have to come at the expense of the other. 


April 2nd, 2013 at 10:37 PM ^

It's all bad and whatever gets this jerk fired will be fine by me, yet why not make the homophobic slurs the issue?  If most successful coaches use homophobic slurs it doesn't make it right. In fact, what a great chance to point out the ignorance and physical bullying that such slurs go hand and hand with. 


April 2nd, 2013 at 9:45 PM ^

Rice will get fired but the reason for it will be mostly the wrong ones.  

He will get fired because even whoever the hell Nebraska's coach is can show this video to a recruit and ask the parents if they want to play .400 ball in Lincoln or play .400 ball in Jersey with a coach like that.  Rutgers has no choice to fire Rice - not because of how he treated his players but because it's an irreversible PR nightmare on all levels.


April 2nd, 2013 at 10:49 PM ^

The ball throwing is an assault and battery. This coach is out of control. Either that, or he's plain nuts.

How does Rutgers' allowing this to happen not constitute a lack of institutional control?

I wonder if Delany has been on the phone with Pernetti or someone higher up in that school, and read him or her the riot act yet? 


April 3rd, 2013 at 1:07 AM ^

Because the AD fired the whistle blower and only gave the coach a fine and a suspension.  Rutgers is a state school.  I doubt Christie will put up with this.


April 3rd, 2013 at 5:50 AM ^

it would probably go something like ths:  "oh [player's name here], please go to the top of the key.  gracious and jimminey snap crackers, we have got to get there before the defender or there could be trouble.   got it?  good.   after practice maybe you could draw me a little mural about how this shift-diamond-rotating-3-up exchange should look on the court, okay?" 

Buck Killer

April 3rd, 2013 at 6:59 AM ^

Guy looks like a pussed down version of Knight. His mistake was hiring that personnel director who doesn't like him. Wow, I am old. Coaches always acted like this when I was younger. I guess that is why kids behave so much better now. I remember all of the shootings, and kids talking back to parents in public back in the 80's. My wrestling coach always would cross face us if we weren't going hard and tell us to unfuck ourselves. We were a smaller town and won many state championships.

I disagree with his slurs but the ball throwing is weak to get fired over. I miss dodgeball.

I know 90% disagree with me and we shouldn't comment like this (should be politically correct), but tough coaches win games.

might and main

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:25 AM ^

Unbelievable.  This is who we're inviting into the Big Ten?  Eff that.  I am disgusted.  First with that asshat coach.  Next with his asshat bosses the AD and president.  And third with the Big Ten for lowering our standards to this level.  Thanks so much, it's great to be a fan of the Big Ten.  It just means nothing any longer except Big Money.  Now its just the B$G to me. WTF.  Thanks Brandon, guess the bottom line rules.  This sucks.


April 3rd, 2013 at 7:57 AM ^

If you can't teach your sport without acting or talking like a complete idiot, let alone an abusive bully then there is no place in the profession for you!

I can understand grabbing a player by the jersey to move him to a position or being physical in a basketball way to teach something, but this video shows none of the that.  Even when he grabs the jersey of one of the players it doesn't appear to be to move him to a position but more rather to pull him toward his own face at which point he calls him names. 

How is anything that he does in that video remotely related to teaching players how to play the game of basketball better?  The video says not much and his record at Rutgers says, not much as well.

I will be pretty dissapointed if Delaney does not force the issue and call for a clean sweep from the AD down to the towel boys!



April 3rd, 2013 at 8:47 AM ^

Nothing wrong with pushing a player into position but rice did it with violence and anger which is unacceptable. I'm sorry if your coach did the same thing but it's 2013 and we don't do that in a civilized country anymore.


April 3rd, 2013 at 10:19 AM ^

It's not a surprise that he's gone. Similar coaches who have done similar things have also met the same fate. They're college kids. Leave them alone. 

Lou Holth was on talking about the topic, and he said to criticize the play, not the player.