College Sports

In Wake Of Disturbing Video, Rutgers Fires Coach Mike Rice

By Matt Norlander
NCAA Tournament
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13:  head coach Mike Rice of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights shouts instructions to his team against Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Head coach Mike Rice of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights shouts instructions to his team against Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

CBS SPORTS – Rutgers coach Mike Rice has been fired less than 24 hours after the video of him physically and verbally abusing players made its way to the public. The school officially released the news Wednesday morning.

The Star-Ledger and the Record, both New Jersey newspapers, initially reported Rice met with Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti Wednesday morning. After defending his initial decision and his coach on television Tuesday, public outcry over Rice still having a job led to Pernetti making a heel turn toward the inevitable: termination of Rice’s contract.

Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications for Rutgers Jason Baum publicly broke the news in a tweet.

The matter of Rice’s anger is an old one, dating to last November/December, but this story became fire on gasoline Tuesday afternoon after ESPN aired the clips of Rice chucking basketballs at players, kicking certain members of the team and berating them with offensive language that included homophobic slurs.

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