(USA TODAY) -- Rutgers University has fired coach Mike Rice less than 24 hours after ESPN's Outside the Lines aired video footage of Rice physically abusing players, the school announced on Wednesday morning.
upon recently revealed information and a review of previously
discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,"
the school statement read.
ORIGINALLY: Video of Rice's actions
Rice met with athletic director Tim Pernetti on Wednesday.
am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach
Rice," Pernetti said in a statement. "Dismissal and corrective action
were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of
everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work
to regain the trust of the Rutgers community."
revealed by former director of player development Eric Murdock, featured
Rice throwing basketballs at a player's head, kicking a player and
using a homophobic slur directed at a player.
Rice was suspended
for three games in December and fined $50,000 after athletic department
officials saw video footage of abuse. Pernetti said he spent "hundreds
of hours" talking to those involved in the program to determine what
backlash on Tuesday was widespread. The National College Players
Association (NCPA) released a public statement calling for Rice's
termination. LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates were angered by
the footage as well, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was "deeply disturbed" by what happened at the state school.
timing of the abuse footage and Rice's firing could not have come at a
worse time with the NCAA celebrating its 75th anniversary of the NCAA