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Rutgers fires coach Mike Rice for abusing players: Will more heads roll?

Senior administrators at Rutgers were aware of a videotape of the Mike Rice tirades against players, but opted not to fire him. That decision is under heavy scrutiny now.     

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Rutgers head coach Mike Rice reacts to play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in Piscataway, N.J., on Jan. 17. Rutgers fired Rice on Wednesday, after a videotape aired that showed him shoving, grabbing, and throwing balls at players, as well as using gay slurs during practice.

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Rutgers acknowledged the inevitable on Wednesday and fired basketball coach Mike Rice after ESPN broadcast video showing him throwing basketballs at the heads of players, shoving them around the court, and belittling them with a stream of expletives, including antigay slurs.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had reacted with outrage to the video revelations, perhaps foreshadowing today’s dismissal.

“This was a regrettable episode for the University, but I completely support the decision to remove Coach Rice. It was the right and necessary action to take in light of the conduct displayed on the videotape,” said Governor Christie, in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

 
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