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Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice returned to the court Saturday after a three-game, 16-day suspension for inappropriate behavior and language.
Rice held a walk-through session with his team in his first work since he was suspended without pay and fined $50,000 on Dec. 13 for a violation of athletic department policy.
''I may not be perfect, but I know I'm going to change and improve,'' Rice said. ''I brought this on myself. For 21 years, I've asked my players to change and improve. Now I have this opportunity to do that myself. Whether it is the teaching methods, the discipline, I've thought a lot about the way I do things. I'm going to develop the things I need to work on and make this a positive.''
Rutgers (9-2) went 3-0 under associate head coach David Cox, capped by a 68-56 win over Rider on Friday. Rice will be back on the bench Wednesday when Rutgers opens Big East Conference play at No. 9 Syracuse.
Rice is in his third season at Rutgers after coming over from Robert Morris, where he led the school to two straight NCAA tournaments in 2009 and 2010.
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Mike Rice spent 20 minutes with the media on his first day back from a three-game suspension. After a short walkthrough, Rice addressed everything from his suspension, to changes that need to be made to his appologies and need to earn a second chance.
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Dane Miller scored 18 points and Rutgers eventually pulled away for a 68-56 win over Rider Friday.
Rutgers (9-2), which has won nine of its last 10, finished 3-0 under associate head coach David Cox. Cox filled in for Mike Rice after Rice was suspended without pay for a violation of athletic department policy.
Rice will resume his duties and return to practice Saturday.
Who: Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-3) vs Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6)
Where: The Land Mickey Mouse Built
When: Friday, December 28th, 5:30 PM EST
Line: Virginia Tech by 2
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