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Rutgers fires coach Mike Rice

 OTL: Rutgers’ Rice Berates Players at Practice
Outside the Lines has obtained practice video that shows Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice berating, pushing and using slurs against players. John Barr has more on the tape and the reaction of a former Scarlet Knights assistant.Tags: Mike RiceRutgersEric MurdockTim Pernettipractice,videoOTLOutside the LinesJohn Barr

Rutgers fired coach Mike Rice on Wednesday morning after a review by the school’s athletic director that was prompted by video showing Rice shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs.

The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” had prompted scores of outraged social media comments, as well as widespread criticism among the state’s government officials, including Gov. Chris Christie.

“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” Rutgers athletics director Tim Pernetti said in 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.”