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22 Biggest Sports Controversies of 2013

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Rutgers Basketball Coach Loses His Cool


Mike Rice
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14/22

There's a line between being a hard-ass coach and being downright abusive, and Rutgers basketball skipper Mike Rice found himself on the wrong side of it. In April, he was suspended for three games after the university athletic director Tim Pernetti viewed video of Rice pushing and kicking his players, throwing basketballs at them, cursing at them and calling them homophobic slurs, all during a practice. After ESPN got hold of the tapes, public pressure led to Rice's firing, and a few days later, Pernetti was forced to resign.


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