Phil Crosby once said, “Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching.” Well, Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice definitely isn’t the right person for the job. ESPN released video footage of Rice kicking, grabbing and shoving players during various practices. The video showed him screaming profanities and gay slurs at the players, and even included him forcefully throwing a basketball at one of the player’s heads.
Gilvydas Biruta, a former Rutgers student and player on the men’s basketball team under Rice, transferred because of the coach’s extremely inappropriate behavior. “He would throw his cap at me and he would call me many names. The adjectives were creative. They were mean words,” said Biruta in an interview with the New York Times.
Rice, who was recently fired, will be receiving a $100,000 bonus for the completion of the season as head coach. Although it can be argued that his actions should result in no bonus whatsoever, he is guaranteed the money under the terms of his contract.
Rice was originally suspended and fined as opposed to being fired. Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti said he didn’t fire the head coach because he desperately wanted to protect the image of Rutgers. Well, Pernetti’s attempt has clearly failed because Rice’s actions have most definitely hurt the university’s image.