Found December 14, 2012 on The Other Paper:
PLAYERS: Mike Rice

Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice will have to undergo anger management classes and sensitivity training for exhibiting extreme behavior  discovered during an internal athletics investigation. Rice was already suspended 16 days on Thursday for violating athletic department policy and now an anonymous person — with knowledge of the additional punishments handed down by the school — has confirmed the initial report of disciplinary action, reports The Star-Ledger. The source asked to remain anonymous in order to speak more freely about internal matters. The Star Ledger reported: Multiple individuals have confirmed to The Star-Ledger that it was because Rice threw basketballs at players heads during a practice in his first or second season as Scarlet Knights coach.  Rice also used abusive language towards players that went beyond the allowable limit for a head coach at the university. The incidents were recorded and shown to the 43-year-old head coach upon receiving his punishment of a suspension without pay and a $50,000 fine.  The fiery coach, who was hired in 2010 to clean up the mess former head coach Fred Hill left behind, will also have an independent monitor to watch his practices after he returns on Dec. 29. Despite Rice's past history of tossing his jacket early in games and blistering referees ears with his protests, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti still stands behind Rice. "I am committed to Mike," he said at a press conference announcing the punishment on Thursday.  "While this is a difficult situation and while this is certainly a negative, there are a lot of positives for the program." Pernetti admitted this punishment for this incident was part of a broader concern. "It's a pattern, I think I would say," admitted Pernetti. For example, last season during a game against Louisville, it only took rice two minutes for Rice to get ejected from the game after making a choking gesture towards one of the refs.  Pernetti said his investigation was prompted by this incident. Associate head coach David Cox will serve as Rice's replacement for the next three games.


Exclusive Look Into Mike Rice's Practices

Earlier today Rutgers suspended head basketball coach Mike Rice for three games for a "violation of athletic department policy." What wasn't explicitly stated was the exact nature of this "violation."When you suspend your head coach for three games and don't say why, people get curious.Well we didn't have to remain curious for long, as it only took...

Rutgers' HC Rice Suspended for Tossing his Balls at Players; Cox Takes Over

Rutgers' men's basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended without pay for teams next three games and fined $50,000 for what was initially reported as inappropriate behavior and language. Brendan Prunty... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Rutgers suspends, fines coach

Rutgers has suspended coach Mike Rice three games without pay and fined him $50,000 for a violation of department policy. Athletic director Tim Pernetti announced the decision Thursday. He said the suspension is a result of inappropriate behavior and language, not NCAA violations. Associate head coach David Cox will serve as the team's interim coach. Rice will return to his...

Rutgers Heats Up in First Game Without Rice

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers basketball team did more than just show up for Dave Cox in his first game as interim coach following Mike Rice’s suspension. Cruising to a 88-79 victory over UAB, sophomore guard Myles Mack Rutgers with 23 points.

Cox, Players react to Rice Suspension

Following the suspension of Rutgers basketball head coach Mike Rice for violations of athletic department policy, interim head coach Dave Cox and team leaders Austin Johnson and Myles Mack spoke on a conference call about the change.

Rice Suspended Three Games, Fined

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti suspended head basketball coach Mike Rice for a violation of athletic department policy. Rice will be fined $50,000 and suspended three games for a violation regarding inappropriate conduct and language. Pernetti went more in depth on the decision on a conference call this afternoon. TV: Interim Coach Dave Cox

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Interim Rutgers coach Dave Cox was more than comfortable in front of a microphone when speaking after today's 88-79 victory over UAB. In the first game since Mike Rice's suspension, Cox led the Scarlet Knights to a their seventh victory of the season.
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