Remember Mike Rice? You know, the former Rutgers men’s basketball coach who was terminated from his position after being caught on video verbally and physically abusing his players, sometimes with homophobic slurs?
Well, Rice is back in the coaching game in the Garden State.
Guess where? Why, at none other than the Patrick School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, alma mater of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving as well as former Kentucky standout Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
A press release from the school stated that Rice “has attended an extensive anger management program as well as a GLSEN workshop in Chicago focusing on LGBT issues that high school students face.”
Call me cynical, pessimistic or whatever you want, but this just seems like window dressing for a school that was looking for a big hire for its legendary basketball program which has won 13 titles.
The fact that Rice, who earned a reputation as a hotshot young coach while at Robert Morris, has been relegated to coaching AAU teams and now a high school squad after what happened at Rutgers just seems proof positive that he’s too much of a hothead for his own good.
Though he may claim to be “rehabilitated,” this just seems like a time-bomb waiting to go off.
Just the same, everyone deserves a second chance and in this case, it might just be what Rice needs.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports