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Rutgers coach fired after abusive video goes viral

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:09 a.m. CST

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs.

The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, prompted sharp criticism from Gov. Chris Christie, and the head of the New Jersey Assembly called for Rice to be fired. With mounting criticism on a state and national level, the school decided to take action, relieving Rice of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school. There will be a national search to replace him.

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti saw the video in late November and suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes.