Rutgers Fires Coach Mike Rice


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Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(PISCATAWAY, N.J.) — Rutgers University fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice Wednesday morning after ESPN aired video of his shoving and kicking players while berating them with gay slurs.

“Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” Rutgers Athletics tweeted Wednesday morning.

Rice, 44, apologized for his behavior Wednesday in an interview outside his house.

“I’ve let so many people down: my players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans, my family,” Rice told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

“There’s no explanation for what’s on that film.  There’s no excuse for it.  I was wrong.  And I want to tell everybody who’s believed in me that I’m deeply sorry for the pain and hardship that I’ve caused,” he continued.

Rice coached three seasons at Rutgers, and went 44-51 during that time.

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