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.
September 10, 2014 |
There's a marvelous scene in the film All the President's Men in which the Washington Post's editors are holding their afternoon meeting, reviewing the day's most important stories and deciding which ones merit front-page placement, when the topic of Watergate comes up. It is still early in the scandal's evolution, and one of the editors argues that "no one cares" about its latest development. Besides, the editor says, if Watergate were really a big deal, we'd put our most seasoned political reporters on the story.
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 23, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Rutgers' board of governors will meet Tuesday to sign off on a contract that will allow Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan to take over the Scarlet Knights' scandal-marred basketball program. The university said Monday morning that the board is expected to discuss the proposed appointment in a conference call. In a statement released later in the day, the athletic department announced a basketball news conference at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, in which Jordan will likely be introduced.