If a math teacher at Rutgers repeatedly assaulted students, there’s little doubt the school’s leaders would remove him from the classroom — or call the police. It’s only in the see-no-evil parallel universe of college sports that Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice could have initially escaped serious punishment even after school administrators saw video of the coach mistreating players.
In the video, Rice shoves and grabs players, pelts them with basketballs, and yells anti-gay slurs. The school’s athletic director saw the footage in the fall and suspended the coach for three games. But it wasn’t until ESPN aired the video on Tuesday that the university was shamed into firing Rice.