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

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Rutgers Scarlet Knights have announced that they have suspended men’s basketball head coach Mike Rice. He will be suspended for three games without pay.

Plus, he was also hit with a $50,000 fine. This was due to inappropriate behavior and language, according to the school.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Head Coach Mike Rice talks to his players during a college basketball game against the George Washington Colonials
Mike Rice talks to his players during a college basketball game against the George Washington Colonials (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

“Mike will not be permitted to do anything. He’ll be removed from the program. He won’t be able to be active in his role as head basketball coach inside or outside the university,” athletic director Tim Pernetti said. “The suspension for this period of time and these games is a complete removal from the program.”

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Associate head coach David Cox will lead the team during the time that Rice is away from the program. Rice can return on January 2nd in the Big East opener against No. 4 Syracuse.

Pernetti did say, though, that the incident involved players on the team during practice. Yet, he did not go into detail about what happened.

“I was made aware of some things within the last couple of weeks. We commenced a thorough, lengthy, and fair investigation and this was the result of that investigation,” Pernetti said. “There was obviously some things that are not to the Rutgers’ standard that we evaluated and decided upon.”

Rutgers is 6-2 on the season at this time. They defeated the George Washington Colonials 68-65 on Tuesday.

Rice is in his third season with the program. At this time, he is 35-37 at the school.

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“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.

“I sincerely apologize to our players, both past and present; to our incredible assistant coaches and staff; to President (Robert) Barchi, the board of governors and director of athletics Tim Pernetti for their belief in me; to the university faculty, staff and student body who represent the greatness of RU and to our Scarlet Knight fans who provide so much support to our teams. My commitment to becoming a better man and coach is only matched by my passion to make Rutgers basketball a great source of pride for the community.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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