Mike Rice is the head coach — and Head Bully — of the Rutgers University basketball team. By the time you read this, Rice may be long gone, but his bloody head will not be the only one rolling down College Avenue. Athletic Director Tim Pernetti most certainly should lose his head as well — as should Pernetti’s school bosses, like the President Robert Barchi, who, it appears, refused, along with Pernetti, to fire Mike Rice in November 2012 even after watching video evidence of the coach physically and verbally abusing his undergraduate basketball team during practice. The Rutgers Board of Trustees must act now and clean the Rutgers house and fire Mike Rice, Tim Pernetti and President Robert Barchi — because they were all in collusion to not protect the welfare of the student athletes entrusted to their care.
ESPN broke the news today, with this story, and direct evidence of Rice’s ongoing absolute abuse of power over his team since 2010. Rice is an angry coward and a bully and now he, too, shall get his due:
How could Pernetti not fire Mike Rice after viewing the video evidence and watching that sort of behavior during practice? It doesn’t matter if Pernetti’s bosses did not want to fire Rice. Pernetti should have had the moral duty to stand up and say, “If he stays, I go.” He did not. Pernetti took the easy path, the circuitous route, the coward’s slide — and merely suspended Rice for a few games in December to his ultimate, future, peril.
Rutgers has an unfortunate history of bullying — as in the death of Tyler Clementi — and now they have an even more blood on their hands with this humiliating bully behavior of their head coach. You may not call names. You may not throw basketballs at a player’s head. You may not kick a student. You may not grab a student. You pay not push a student. You may not scream at a student like a lunatic.
This whole, awful, Rutgers episode is not new, and it appears, has been going on since at least 2010. There are no secrets on a university campus, so important, powerful, people at Rutgers knew precisely what was going on with Mike Rice during basketball practice — and everyone who protected the bully now must be fired in order to restore the natural moral order.