In the wake of the Mike Rice – Rutgers scandal, it is time for a serious examination about college sports and why they are deemed so important. Not that we’ll have the examination because the people that need to do it don’t want to face the situation.
We had a college coach bullying and abusing people that he is supposed to educate and mentor. And, we have an administration that gave it tacit approval.
Sure, they fined and suspended him initially, and now fired him, but that is only because they got caught. I don’t believe for a second that the athletic director didn’t know about Rice’s behavior until it was brought to his attention by an assistant coach last summer, and then again when he saw video in November or December.
Another college basketball coach told me that Rice was “insane” and a “bad man”. And he knew this from Rice’s days at Robert Morris several years ago.
I bet the Rutgers knew this too, but he thought Rice could win, so he turned a blind eye to the negative aspects of his style.
Something is wrong when this kind of behavior is acceptable as part of the price of winning and making money.