(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.
"Basedupon recently revealed information and a review of previouslydiscovered 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.
"Iam responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of CoachRice," Pernetti said in a statement. "Dismissal and corrective actionwere debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest ofeveryone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will workto regain the trust of the Rutgers community."
The footage,revealed by former director of player development Eric Murdock, featuredRice throwing basketballs at a player's head, kicking a player andusing a homophobic slur directed at a player.
Rice was suspendedfor three games in December and fined $50,000 after athletic departmentofficials saw video footage of abuse. Pernetti said he spent "hundredsof hours" talking to those involved in the program to determine whathappened.
Thebacklash on Tuesday was widespread. The National College PlayersAssociation (NCPA) released a public statement calling for Rice'stermination. LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates were angered bythe footage as well, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was "deeply disturbed" by what happened at the state school.
Thetiming of the abuse footage and Rice's firing could not have come at aworse time with the NCAA celebrating its 75th anniversary of the NCAAtournament.