Rutgers leaders criticized over coach behavior and firing

Posted at 11:04 PM, Apr 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-03 23:04:10-04

The public was never supposed to see this.

Video, recorded between 2010 and 2012 offered an inside look at an intense practice on the Rutgers university basketball court.

Head coach Mike Rice can be seen throwing balls, pushing, and yelling obscenities at his players.

When scholarships and playing time are on the line, you can easily understand why these young men just sit and take this treatment.

But after getting what was essentially a slap on the wrist a few months ago for the conduct seen in these same videos.  Coach Rice learned Wednesday he would lose his job.

Rice was fired after the media got a hold of the video and Rice’s case emerged from the private conference rooms within Rutgers administration and into the court of public opinion.

One student told Pix11, “A majority of the footage that we did see occurred when the media members weren’t present at practice.”

It was almost four months ago that Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti – after reviewing those videos – suspended Rice and fined him $50K dollars.

In a statement posted on Rutgers website, Pernetti says quote, “I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice. Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”

Another student told Pix11, “A lot of people feel that it should go further. And especially now that different claims are coming out – who knew what, when, everyone’s kind of confused, and a fair amount of people do feel that Tim Pernetti should be fired.”