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Mike Rice coaching 12-year-old girls AAU team, parents reportedly support it

Mike-Rice-apologyMike Rice has become a household name over the past two weeks for all the wrong reasons. Most of you have likely seen the disturbing video of Rice verbally and physically abusing his former Rutgers players by now, which has led many to conclude that he has no business coaching at all. However, it sounds like he has landed another gig coaching 12-year-old girls.

On Sunday, a Deadspin report citing Brian Geltzeiler of hoopscritic.com indicated that Rice was coaching 12-year-old girls in AAU ball over the weekend. Geltzeiler claimed in a series of tweets that a friend of his was at the game (his daughter was on the opposing team) and that Rice seemed like his usual animated self.

A source has reportedly confirmed to SNY.tv (via The South Jersey Times) that Rice is indeed coaching a girl’s AAU team and that he was coaching them while he was still at Rutgers. However, that same source said that Geltzeiler’s account of the way Rice was acting is in no way accurate.

“The Deadspin report is a gross misrepresentation of the facts,” the source reportedly said. “The team’s parents are fully behind Coach Rice and his instruction of their daughters.”

Whether Rice was acting “crazy” or not, the thought of him coaching children is still disturbing. This is the same guy who repeatedly threw basketballs at his players’ heads and yelled homophobic obscenities at them. He later apologized for his actions and said he has no excuse for the way he acted, but Rice looks like a guy with anger management issues. People like that should not be mentoring youngsters.

Kobe Bryant: ‘I would have smacked the hell out of Mike Rice’ (Video)

Mike Rice abuseThere have been a number of different reactions to the video clips that surfaced last week of former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players. One of Rice’s former players, Mike Coburn, said that Rice took it too far at times but that the team understood him. Chipper Jones said he thought the players should toughen up and that he has dealt with much worse from coaches.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant doesn’t agree with either Coburn or Jones. Instead, he told Showtime’s Jim Rome that he would have gotten physical with Rice if he was one of his players.

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SNL lampoons Mike Rice video in great sketch

SNL lampooned the Mike Rice practice video in absolutely epic fashion. Actress Melissa McCarthy was hosting “Saturday Night Live” for a second time, and she brilliantly played the role of Sheila Kelly, the head coach of phony Division III school Middle Delaware State, for the sketch. Bill Hader played the role of an “Outside the Lines” reporter, and the whole thing was amazing.

The sketch featured brilliant lines such as Coach Kelly threatening to cut players’ ponytails off. Other forms of her abuse included:
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    - Shooting T-shirt guns at people.

    – Throwing bricks at her players.

    – Threatening her players with a baseball bat.

    – Making the players serve her a meal on the court.

    – Chasing after the players in a golf cart.

I completely lost it when Kelly knocked out the teacher with the Taser gun. But the best part was when fictitious coach Kenny Watkins, playing the Eric Murdock role, emerged. Coach Kelly was stalking him like Ben Stiller’s character in “Happy Gilmore.” It was hilarious.

The whole situation with Rice sucked, but “Saturday Night Live” sure knew how to make light of it.

Chipper Jones responds to Mike Rice firing: Players need to ‘toughen up’

Mike-Rice-apologyThe general consensus regarding former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has been that he deserved to be fired. Many who saw the clips of Rice chucking basketballs at players’ heads and screaming gay slurs at them feel that he should never be allowed to coach college basketball again. Then there are people like Chipper Jones.

The former Atlanta Braves star took to Twitter on Wednesday to basically defend Rice, saying that he dealt with some rough treatment from coaches growing up and that it is not a big deal.

We know at least one ex-Rutgers player has a similar opinion to Chipper’s, although he didn’t express it quite as bluntly.

Aware that his comments were taken negatively by most people, the former NL MVP elaborated Thursday:

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Mike Rice gives choked-up apology after being fired by Rutgers (Video)

Mike-Rice-apologyRutgers University finally announced on Wednesday morning that it has fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice. After seeing the disturbing videos that resulted in his December suspension, most people felt that the termination was long overdue.

ABC News caught up with Rice just a few hours after his firing, and he appeared to be fighting back tears as he offered an apology.

“I stated three months ago after I watched the video how deeply regrettable those actions (were),” Rice said. “I also stated I was going to work on changing and I think I’ve accomplished a lot of that. I can’t say anything right now except I’m sorry. There will never be a time where I’m going to use any of that as an excuse.”

He seemed particularly emotional when discussing his family and the various people he has disappointed.

“I’ve let so many people down — my players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans. My family, who’s just sitting in their house huddled around because of the fact that their father was an embarrassment to them. It’s trouble but I will, in some time, maybe try to explain it. But right now there’s no explanation for what’s on those films because their is no excuse for it.

“I was wrong. I want to tell everyone who has believed in me that I’m deeply sorry for the pain and hardship that I’ve caused.”

For most, that won’t cut it. When something like this happens you always have to wonder if the person is truly sorry, or simply sorry they got caught. Had Rice not been videotaped, there’s no telling how long he would have gone on physically and mentally abusing players. Someone like that has no place coaching college athletics.

Ex-Rutgers player Mike Coburn defends coach Mike Rice

Mike Rice abuseThere are very few people who can find a way to excuse Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice for the behavior he exhibited in the practice clips that were released to the public on Tuesday. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” showed footage of Rice blatantly abusing his players, both physically and verbally (watch the video here). However, ex-Rutgers guard Mike Coburn said it is not as bad as it seems.

“Looking back at it now, it was extreme,” Coburn told The Star-Ledger. “It wasn’t right what he was doing. But we understood it. He was trying his best. … Did he go overboard? Yes, he went overboard. But you can’t get a good feel for what went down by seeing highlights on ESPN. No one was scared of coach Rice. We didn’t fear him. We just understood him.

“No one can get a sense of what went down unless you were there. And the only people that were there was the team. Do I think what he did was over the top and wrong? Probably. But as players, we weren’t scared. We knew and understood what was going on and mentally tough players could take it. … I agree it was wrong, but why haven’t they showed the times when Mike Rice was high-fiving and chest-bumping? Why aren’t they showing things like that with the players?”

It’s true that it would be hard to get the entire story if you were not present, but doesn’t the video show enough? In no situation is it acceptable to call college players “pu–ies” and “fa–ots” or kick them and fire basketballs at their heads. You need mental toughness to play for someone like Jim Calhoun, who was never afraid to berate a player and bench him in front of an arena full of 15,000 people. No one should have to deal with Rice’s coaching methods.

Rutgers finally fired Rice on Wednesday. He later issued a choked-up apology on behalf of his actions, which can be seen here.

Video: Rutgers coach Mike Rice abusing his players at practice

Mike Rice abuseRutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended three games and fined $50,000 in December after the school’s athletic director saw video of the coach abusing his players in practice. Now that video of Rice’s horrific behavior has been made public.

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” obtained video of Rice’s conduct in practice — likely through former Rutgers director of player development Eric Murdock, who was fired by the school in July — and it shows Rice verbally and physically abusing his players.

The video shows Rice kicking players, shoving them, pushing them and throwing balls at them from close range. He also verbally abuses the players. According to ESPN, Rice calls the players “fa–ots,” “mother—-ers,” “pu–ies,” “sissy b-tches,” and “c—-,” among other epithets.

Murdock intends to sue the school for wrongful termination, saying that he was fired for complaining about Rice’s conduct. Murdock believes Rice was able to get away with the abuse because he was on his best behavior when anyone came into the gym. He says Rice didn’t go back to his abusive form until others left.

Rutgers is moving to the Big Ten next season and Rice will be in the final season of his contract. The school’s athletic director told The Star-Ledger last month that Rice would be back next season.

Rice is 44-51 in three seasons at Rutgers, including a 17-39 mark in Big East play.

Rice had to undergo sensitivity training as part of his punishment for the video. There was also a stipulation that his practices would be monitored by someone outside the team.

The Rice video has left many in the sports world appalled. A number of current or former basketball stars (and other athletes) have sounded off on Rice’s conduct:

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