Published On: Fri, Dec 14th, 2012

Rutgers’ Rice suspended for three games and fined $50K

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

The Rutgers men’s basketball team will be without its head coach for three games.

Mike Rice (Getty Images)

Mike Rice (Getty Images)

Head coach Mike Rice has been suspended for three games without pay and fined $50,000. He was fined and suspended after his inappropriate behavior and language.

He will be replaced by associate head coach David Cox on an interim bases until January 2nd. Rice is eligible to return for the Scarlet Knights Big East opener at Syracuse on January 2nd.

“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 in a statement released by the school on Thursday. “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.”

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- Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher for The Capital Sports Report. He has covered local and national events, including numerous Heisman Trophy ceremonies, two Little League World Series, and the Army-Navy college football game.