Rutgers Has Fired Mike Rice

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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.
Mike Rice.Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

A day after the public (rightfully) got good and outraged over video of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice acting like a psycho at practices, the university has fired him. Here’s the statement from the Rutgers athletics website:

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Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice.

I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. “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.”