Rutgers' Rice returns from suspension

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 29, 2012
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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