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Rutgers fires Mike Rice after video shows coach shoving, hurling balls at players

Rutgers University fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after video of him abusing players that had led to his suspension in December went public, sparking national outrage.The New Jersey school's athletic department announced Rice's termination on its Twitter page, a day after ESPN aired video in which Rice shoves players, hurls basketballs at them and uses profane language and gay slurs.“Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” the posting read.The state school previously punished Rice in December, suspending him for three games and fining him $50,000, but at that time the video did not go public. In the wake of ESPN's blockbuster report, Athletic director Tim Pernetti said Tuesday that the school was considering canning the 44-year-old coach.“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” Pernetti said in a statement on Wednesday. “Dismissal ...

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