Rutgers University ex-Coach Mike Rice’s abusive behavior has celebrity athletes, NCAA coaches and leading news columnists demanding that Rutgers take more action.
Here’s what they’re saying:
The first former NBA player to be openly gay,John Amaechi, responds to the underlying issue of bullying in sports, saying that “medieval coaches” like Rice are a “detriment to society.” Amaechi spoke at DiversityInc’s event about his personal experiences with “coming out.”
Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, both known for their emotionally charged coaching styles, say Rice overstepped his boundaries.
From former Penn State football coach Sandusky to Rutgers’ Rice, college scandals reveal a need for better regulation and more accountability from higher-education administrations for sports teams.
Rutgers’ Athletic Director needs to be fired, too, says national sports columnist Christine Brennan.
New York Daily News columnist says Rutgers isn’t doing enoughand he calls for Athletic Director Tim Pernetti to be fired as well.
Not all students are shocked to hear about Rice’s abusive actions, and they agree that the University is correct in firing him. But there are those who feel Pernetti should not share the blame.
“Rutgers should be policing themselves. It shouldn’t require the media to do it,” says Brennan.