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Wow! Just saw the video, and his behavior is verrrry disturbing. I'm shocked one of those players didn't knock his lights out.
The NCAA just released a statement:
"We at the NCAA, and by saying 'we' - please forgive my use of air quotes - I mean me, Mark Emmert... two m's... One t... get it right this time all you media hacks... have reviewed the footage provided by ESPN. We have determined that no penalty will be assessed against Rutgers.
We found nothing to indicate any positive benefit for those players. Since the players were obviously not receiving benefits with respect to other programs, we have determined that Rutgers is operating fairly with a competitive disadvantage resulting in exceeding the competitive standards as outlined in the NCAA bylaws.
We commend Rutgers University for willingly placing themselves at a competitive disadvantage. The coach didn't try to act all high and mighty. Rutgers never said they were better than anyone else. They never fired anyone I know. They never tried any fancy 'experiments' that pushed the boundaries of the NCAA bylaws. They never graduated higher than their winning percentage. Therefore, their actions are consistent with what we consider model NCAA institution behavior."
Can't wait to see if our good buddies in the BG offices do anything. Of course, being experts at piling on, they'll just wait for the NCAA to do something and then double down on it.
Still waiting for the BIG and the BIG member universities to submit those amicus briefs in support of PA's lawsuit against the NCAA.
Definitely not in violation of any sort of ethics clause...
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"Tyree Graham, who was injured for two seasons but attended practice every day for Rice's team, said that at times Rice "crossed the line," and once the coach hit him hard in the back with a basketball. But Graham, 24, said he understood why Rice used those tactics, because people "disrespected" Rutgers in the Big East and he wanted to simulate opponents' disrespectful attitudes during practice.
"No, I'm not personally offended by it," Graham said in a telephone interview from his home in Durham, N.C. "I was brought up like that. Coming from Durham, North Carolina, you have to have that chip on your shoulder. If you don't, you're not going anywhere. I backed what Coach Rice did for the most part."
That is UN-freakin-believable,. How in the world have you been raised to think that is ok behavior?
Malick Kone, a player who just announced he is transferring from Rutgers, said he found the practices to be too intense and he didn't like the language Rice used. Malick, who was born in Guinea, said Rice would make fun of how he spoke English and would mock him after Malick would ask for things to be explained. He said Rice threw basketballs at people and could have hurt a player, though he was never hurt.
That is disgusting and pathetic. This is classic case of bullying. That the AD new this stuff was going on, and only suspended him, rather than fired him - is pathetic. This type of behavior should never be acceptable.
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When I went through basic training in the army, I never saw a DI (drill instructor) physically
confront or curse at a trainee. Sure they would get in your face and call you a "dumb trainee"
or make you do pushups but never any physical confrontations. The DI's were pros. They knew
how far to push you. And they were preparing us to go to 'Nam. The Rutgers coach is a coward
and a punk. He knows the players can't respond in fear of losing their scholarships. And shame on
the AD for putting the players through that crap. With this out there, I can't see how the guy is going
to recruit. Parents will love seeing that video.
PENN STATE FOREVER
Before I watched the tape I thought this was just a typical media overreaction. I'm all for hard coaching and being grabbed or called a dumb son of a bitch isn't the worst thing in the world. Things like that can actually be helpful at times. Looking back on it, the coaches I hated the most are the ones that helped me the most.
After watching the tape, I think he stepped over the line. I don't mind the yelling, grabbing, or even pushing, but him throwing basketballs at the heads of players bothers me. I think he should be fired but I wouldn't crucify the school if they kept him.
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