UPDATED: Mike Rice used gay slur, physically assaulted players (VIDEO)


Outside The Lines aired the video of Rutgers coach Mike Rice’s coaching tactics on Tuesday afternoon, and it was quite damning.

He repeatedly manhandled players, pushing and shoving and pulling them by their jersey. He fired balls at his players, including one instance where it appears that he threw a ball at one player’s head. He called his players every name imaginable, including one instance where he can be heard yelling “f—ing fairy, f—ing fa–ot”.

Rice has already been suspended for this incident. He was kept away from the program for three weeks, missed three games and lost almost a quarter of his annual salary.

The reason that this is getting brought back up is that former Rutgers staffer Eric Murdock has filed a lawsuit against the university. The basics, from a statement given to Outside The Lines by Murdock’s attorneys:

“Mr. Murdock was terminated for having complained and reported illegal conduct by Mike Rice. As a result, his employment was terminated by Rutgers university. That is unlawful in the state of New Jersey, and Eric intends to pursue legal action for his wrongful termination, which the university and its representatives have been aware of for some time now. We have no further comment at this time.”

Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti has been adamant that Mike Rice’s job is not in danger.

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It will be interesting to see if public pressure changes that opinion, because there isn’t a single person that has seen this video that believes that Rice should keep his job. The fact that he hasn’t been fired yet may end up costing Pernetti his job as well.

UPDATE 2 April 2013, 8:46 p.m. ET

According to the Associated Press, Rice’s job status is under review in the wake of the video leak this afternoon. The school would reportedly “reconsider its decision to retain” Rice. The video prompted a response from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose office said the following in a statement:

“Governor Christie saw the video today for the first time and he is obviously deeply disturbed by the conduct displayed and strongly condemns this behavior. It’s not the type of leadership we should be showing our young people and clearly there are questions about this behavior that need to be answered by the leaders at Rutgers University.”

(Video via The Big Lead)

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Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.