The Rutgers Scarlett Knights are likely to make a firm decision today regarding the future of men’s basketball coach Mike Rice, YouWager experts have learned.
The 44 year-old coach is under review by the school’s athletic director after a videotape aired which showed the coach shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice. In addition, Rice was also using gay slurs.
Reports have stated that Rice had been called in to meet with athletic director Tim Pernetti. Also, the report, which cited two unnamed sources close to Rice, did not offer specifics of the reason for the meeting.
The video prompted scores of outraged social media comments, as well as sharp criticism from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and NBA star LeBron James.
The Associated Press has reported that Pernetti is reconsidering his decision to suspend Rice instead of letting him go.
Pernetti began the investigation as early as last August. He suspended the Pennsylvania native for three games in December, fined him $50,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes.
According to Pernetti, university president Robert Barchi also viewed the tape this past fall and agreed with the punishment.
Rice was hired by Pernetti in 2012 and is 44-51 at Rutgers, including 16-38 in the Big East, after going 73-31 in three college basketball seasons at Robert Morris. The Scarlet Knights went 15-16 this season and 5-13 in the Big East.