RUTGERS MEN’S HOOPS COACH MIKE RICE AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR TIM PERNETTI BOTH SHOULD BE FIRED


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I started my career here in Dis in journalism as a sports writer. Those who know me well have read my articles about boxing, soccer and basketball. I have come over the many years here to respect coaches for what they do, especially in college athletics to do more than just win titles and make their schools large pots of lucre–these coaches, in many cases, create future leaders.

The vast majority of scholar athletes never reach the big time of being paid to play the sports they love. Most of those who earn degrees go on to other walks of life or move on to coach themselves. When i became aware of the abuse of young men by Rutgers coach Mike Rice several great basketball coaches, of the modern era, came to my mind. I thought of Pat Summitt at Tennessee, Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and Kim Mulkey at Baylor. The words “calm on the sidelines” never come to mind when talking about these three and they are all giants in basketball coaching at the collegiate level. I cannot imagine any of these three amazingly successful coaches and motivators of young people doing anything as inhumane as this:

Rice has been called an intense coach, but in the current women’s game there likely isn’t anyone more likely to get a technical foul over a bad call by the refs than Kim Mulkey and I would bet all that I have that she’s never done any of the things you see Rice do in the footage above from ESPN’s Outside the Lines. I know several other sportswriters who have said that back in the days of Adolph Rupp such treatment of players would have been far more common. I say today that it was not correct behavior then and it is not correct behavior now.

Mike Rice makes around $675,000 a year to coach basketball at Rutgers. This season the Scarlet Knights went 15-16 for a cost in dollars of $45,000 per win. But the real cost shouldn’t be measured in dollars and cents and Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti who chose to suspend Rice for three games rather than fire him should have realized this important point. That is why neither of these two have any need to continue in a position where they are responsible for young people in regard to athletics.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
Editorial Page Editor
The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork
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