ESPN airs video of coach Mike Rice throwing basketballs, abusive language, gay slur at Rutgers players
The controversial practice video that led to a three-game suspension and $50,000 fine for Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice in December has gone public.
The Star-Ledger reported Tuesday morning the tape that includes Rice using abusive and profane language -- including a gay slur -- while throwing basketballs at Rutgers players' heads during practice was scheduled to be broadcast Sunday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines."
ESPN reportedly opted to premiere the video Tuesday afternoon after Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti preemptively showed it to media members covering the school in his office. Pernetti told the media that Rice is being retained for next season. Rice, who was hired in 2010, is 44-51 overall and 17-39 in Big East play. His contract runs through the 2013-14 season. His practices were monitored by someone outside the basketball program when he returned at midseason.
Former director of player development Eric Murdock revealed the tape to Rutgers athletic officials prior to the school not renewing his contract after the 2011-12 season. Murdock, according to New York Post sources, vowed to release the video if the university did not compensate him. He currently is involved in a lawsuit against the university.
Rice was contrite following the announcement of his suspension in December:
"Since becoming a coach at the age of 21, I have taken great pride in not only helping young men learn the game of basketball but also in teaching them about character, respect and hard work," Rice said. "To the extent that my conduct has ever been in contrast with those principles, I have failed my players - and myself - and I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the terms of my suspension.
"I will learn from my mistakes and I will become a better coach, teacher and role model."