• Newsletters
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
°
Monday, July 24, 2017
View complete forecast
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.

Video of ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice caused local coaches to grimace

In this 2010 file photo, Mike Rice, left, is introduced as Rutgers men's basketball coach by ex-athletic director Tim Pernetti. (Associated Press file photo)
In this 2010 file photo, Mike Rice, left, is introduced as Rutgers men's basketball coach by ex-athletic director Tim Pernetti. (Associated Press file photo)
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.The Associated Press
Saturday, April 06, 2013 12:01 am
The fallout over video of former Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice's behavior in practice continues as athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned his position on Friday.Local high school basketball coaches understand why the video of Rice throwing basketballs, pushing players and using harsh language and slurs has caused such a widespread reaction and continues to ripple through the university.

“If it's my kid, I'm upset,” Norwell boys basketball coach Randy Hawkins said. “The kids are trying to work hard and learn. I don't know how those kids can play hard for him.”

Hawkins said there's a time and manner in which to handle frustration or anger with players while coaching and Rice obviously crossed a line.

“You challenge kids and try to not go overboard,” Hawkins said. “I try to build relationships so they will play harder for you.”

Pernetti attempted to handle the situation by giving Rice a three-game suspension and a requirement to attend anger management.

But when the video was released to the media in the last week, it triggered a call for Rice to be fired, as well as Pernetti. Rutgers fired Rice and Pernetti resigned as a result of what was deemed by many to be too light a punishment for Rice's behavior.

In his resignation letter, Pernetti said his position was to fire Rice at the time but he didn't have the approval of school officials.

Canterbury girls coach Wayne Kreiger, who won his first state title as a coach this winter, called the video shocking.

“There are a lot of different ways to reach out to players,” Kreiger said.

North Side boys coach Shabaz Khaliq used the word “disturbing.”

Khaliq calls himself a “fiery” coach and believes his approach demonstrates to his players the type of passion he wants them to use.

“You have to know each player's personality and background,” Khaliq said. “The fun part is I get to know my players and they are honest with us.”

Comments

News-Sentinel.com reserves the right to remove any content appearing on its website. Our policy will be to remove postings that constitute profanity, obscenity, libel, spam, invasion of privacy, impersonation of another, or attacks on racial, ethnic or other groups. For more information, see our user rules page.
comments powered by Disqus