Rutgers had no choice but to fire Mike Rice after video came out of him shoving, verbally assaulting, and otherwise abusing his players during Scarlet Knights practices. They have made the decision to let him go official this morning.

Rice, who spent three seasons as the head coach at Rutgers, had a 44-51 overall record with the Scarlet Knights and a 16-38 record in the Big East, which was good for finishes of 13th place, 11th place, and 12th place in the conference.

He has always had an intense demeanor on the court, often being demonstrative towards players and referees during games, but the latest evidence of that intensity crossed the line, as Rice was recorded using gay slurs towards his players and hurling basketballs at them from point blank range, among other things that cease to be coaching methods and start entering the description of abuse.

Once one of the rising stars in the coaching profession, Rice led Robert Morris to three consecutive regular season championships in the Northeast Conference and two NCAA Tournament berths, including the 2009-2010 season in which his Colonials nearly upset 2 seed Villanova in the first round, before the Wildcats knocked his 15th seeded squad off in overtime.

Unfortunately for Rice, any good he has done in coaching will be forgotten after this ugly incident.

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