Rutgers University Students React to Rice Firing
Added by Breanna Casey on April 4, 2013.
Photo via ScarletKnights.com
After the video release of Rutgers University men’s head basketball coach, Mike Rice, physically and verbally abusing players, the New Brunswick campus began roaring over the controversy.
The video, which has now gone viral in national fashion, features Rice throwing basketballs at his Scarlet Knights, aggressively pushing them, and even slinging gay slurs as insults when he was unhappy with their play. This is especially problematic, being that the campus is still sensitive to the suicide of Tyler Clementi.
Although Rice was terminated shortly after the video surfaced all over television and online media, the fire over Rice’s actions shows no signs of subduing any time soon.
Reporters from outlets such as ABC and CBS are flooding College Avenue as they try to capture this infamous moment in Rutgers athletics’ history.
Members of the basketball team have been keeping away from the media, but other Rutgers students are willing to voice their opinions on the matter.
Amanda Knutzen, a junior and avid basketball fan at the University, thinks that the right steps were taken.
“It’s not right that anyone should be treated like that. I think firing him was definitely a good move, how can you expect players to want to go out and win for someone who treats them so terribly?” Knutzen said.
Knutzen seems to be right, proven by the recent transfers of players on the team, such as Mike Rosario who now dons a Florida Gators jersey.
The latest development in the Rice situation seems to revolve around the $100,000 bonus he is due to receive. Although the termination is official, Rice is reportedly still going to receive the money.
Brian Sichta, a senior at Rutgers, is on the fence on the financial issue.
“I don’t think how he was acting was right by any means. But stripping someone of a promised $100,000 due to a leaked viral video seems a bit harsh regardless of the negative publicity he’s sent our way.” Sichta said.
Not only has this situation shed light onto Rice, but many people are also wary over the current position of Rutgers Athletics Director, Tim Pernetti.
Allie Gordon, a sophomore student at Rutgers and a former member of the women’s varsity soccer team, doesn’t agree with the way Pernetti handled the matter.
“I think that when the videos were presented to Pernetti he should have had Mike Rice make more of a formal apology to the team and university and more of a consequence for his actions back when the video was first seen.” Gordon said.
Overall, students seem to be outraged with the actions that Rice took against his team. Gina Trani, a junior, summed it up in poignant fashion.
“A coach with that mentality isn’t someone who will ever be successful.” Trani said.