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April 8, 2013

Coach’s rants were excused for too long

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NORMAN —

Really? You had to watch the video to understand that a coach shouldn’t shove and push his players or hit them?

According to the former Rutgers basketball employee who made the video public, Rice abused his players only in practices that were closed to outsiders. It seems to me that Rice knew all along that treating players like cattle was not what he was taught in Coaching 101.

Almost as disgusting is the fact that Pernetti and Barchi didn’t fire Rice the second they saw the video. Pernetti, the athletic director, at least is owning up to what he did. He said the decision he made to only suspend and fine Rice was his, and that now he has to live with that decision. The university president? Not so much.

In a classic case of weasel wording, Barchi, in his statement, tried to imply that he didn’t watch the tape in November. Here’s what he said: “Yesterday, I personally reviewed the video evidence.”

So, either Barchi did watch the tape in November and therefore is guilty of letting a jerk continue to work with Rutgers student athletes, or he didn’t and therefore is guilty of not doing his job as president of a major university.

As it turns out, at least according to Pernetti, Barchi was shown the video in November and agreed with the decision to let Rice continue to coach.

None of that, of course, changes the fact that it was Rice who acted like the jerk.

I can only hope that some of the parents of Rice’s former players are like my grandmother. And that one day they run into Rice in a dark alley.

Mike Pound is a columnist

for The Joplin (Mo.) Globe. Contact him at mpound@

joplinglobe.com.

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