April 8, 2013 |
It is, as coaches everywhere ought to know by now, a recipe for disaster. Take a healthy serving of drill sergeant, add a dollop of obsession, a tablespoon of frustration, a large portion of pressure, and combine it all with omnipresent video technology. Uncover the mixture for public consumption, then bake it intensely in the media. The resulting concoction, as the sports world witnessed once again this week at Rutgers, is something few coaches can survive. Mike Rice's homophobic harangues and apparent penchant for physical abuse cost the Rutgers basketball coach his job this week after videotape of the incidents was shown on ESPN.
June 7, 2016 |
With the last exam handed in, with prom dresses packed away, and the final bell of the year poised to ring, more than 2,400 students, teachers, and even the school cop at Spring-Ford Senior High erupted Friday afternoon in the ultimate end-of-school fireworks. Actually, make that "Firework. " In less than four manic minutes preceded by eight months of preparation, the entire student body joyously lip-synched Katy Perry's 2010 hit for a fast-moving Steadicam as it passed through the crowded halls amid cascades of smoke and confetti.
May 20, 2013 |
St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli recently ran into a longtime acquaintance, a businessman. The man asked, "How's everything going?" For a moment, Martelli said, he thought about giving an honest assessment, realizing this guy didn't know any details of what Martelli had been hit with lately. Instead, the Hawks coach left it at, "Everything's great. " The reality? "I feel like I've been invited by God to play cards, but he's only given me three cards," Martelli said, sitting in his office on Hawk Hill.
April 9, 2013
TRENTON - Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men's basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university president announced Monday. The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review. University president Robert Barchi, speaking Monday during a town-hall meeting on the school's Newark campus, said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.
April 26, 2013
New Jersey voters disagree with the decision to provide "large cash payouts" to former Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice, athletic director Tim Pernetti, and interim general counsel John Wolf when they left the school in the wake of the basketball scandal this month, a new poll finds. While a majority of poll respondents supported the decision to fire Rice, only 7 percent approved of the payouts, including Rice's $475,000 settlement. Sixty-four percent of respondents disagreed with the payouts.
April 9, 2013 |
Rutgers University acknowledged today that another high-ranking college official saw the now infamous videotape of former basketball coach Mike Rice berating and attacking his students long before it became public. Mark P. Hershhorn of Media, a member of the board of governors and chair of the board's committee on intercollegiate athletics, reviewed the video in early December, according to a statement from Ralph Izzo, board chairman. Up to this point it had been unclear if members of the appointed board had seen the tape before it became public.
April 11, 2013 |
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney has called on the Rutgers University governance boards to oust one of their members who viewed the damning video of former coach Mike Rice long before it went public last week. Sweeney expects the Board of Governors, at a regular meeting Thursday, to "take action to request the resignation of board member Mark Hershhorn," he wrote Tuesday in letters to Board of Governors Chair Ralph Izzo and Board of Trustees Chair Dudley H. Rivers Jr. Athletic director Tim "Pernetti is gone.
December 23, 2012 |
Villanova ran its winning streak to eight in a row with a 55-44 win over Temple Friday at the Pavilion. With the victory, Villanova improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in Big Five play, while Temple fell to 5-5 and 0-1 in the City Series. Despite a game-high 17-points from Victoria Macaulay, the Owls couldn't overcome an early deficit. Rachel Roberts led 'Nova with 13 points. Drexel 77, Penn 50 - Drexel senior Hollie Mershon became the 20th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points as she led the Dragons (7-2)
December 29, 2012 |
Dane Miller scored 18 points and Rutgers eventually pulled away Friday for a 68-56 men's college basketball victory over Rider in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers (9-2), which has won nine of its last 10, finished 3-0 under associate head coach David Cox. Cox filled in for Mike Rice after Rice was suspended without pay for a violation of athletic department policy. Rice will resume his duties and return to practice on Saturday. Eli Carter scored all 15 of his points in the second half for Rutgers, which improved to 15-1 against its in-state rival.
April 8, 2013 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The Rutgers basketball scandal claimed two more university officials on Friday, including the athletic director and an interim senior vice president, who were involved in a decision to "rehabilitate" rather than fire the coach whose abusive behavior was captured on a video. The day began with a letter of resignation from AD Tim Pernetti, who said he hoped his tenure at Rutgers "will not be judged by this one incident. " When he first saw the video of coach Mike Rice pushing, shoving and throwing balls at players in November, Pernetti said he wanted to fire him on the spot.