There’s a nice size blemish in the world of the NCAA Men’s Basketball – in coaching, administration and officiating. It looks like all the dirt that has been exposed will be cleaned out soon enough.
The infamous Rice videotape, given to EPSN by former Director of player development Eric Murdock, was broadcasted Tuesday on ESPN’s Outside The Lines; it shows the former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice.
Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the video in late November by Murdock. After hiring independent investigators to analyze the tape, he suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75,000 and ordered him to attend anger management classes. University president Robert Barchi saw the tape and signed off on the initial punishment. Based upon the public’s outcry, Rutgers fired Rice on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Rutgers assistant coach Jimmy Martelli, had resigned, Martelli was known to coaches and players as “Baby Rice.” In some of the hundreds of DVDs of Rutgers practices from 2010-12 being reviewed by “Outside the Lines,” there are at least a handful of instances in which Martelli grabs, throws balls, shoves and screams at players, including calling one a “f—ing f—-t.” Martelli’s behavior is similar to that of Rice.
Early Friday morning, Tim Pernetti is out as Rutgers athletic director, it is not clear at this time whether Pernetti resigned or has been fired. Pernetti is a Rutgers alumnus and former tight end on the football team who took over the AD position on Feb. 26, 2009.
The sad part is that while I was doing a little research on the Rutgers video scandal, I ran across this tweet on Wednesday by Kyle Anderson, the top point guard in the recruiting class of 2012 that goes to UCLA.
Mike Rice is not the only coach who runs his practices like that.. ucla practices may be only practices i didnt get a basketball 2 the face
— Vinny Chase (@KyleAnderson5) April 3, 2013
Things definitely has to change in the NCAA.
Now let’s talk about the Pac-12 conference and Ed Rush – the NOW former Pac-12 Conference coordinator of officials. Rush says he was just trying to “lighten the mood” in a tense locker room when he “jokingly” made offers of $5,000 or a trip to Mexico for any referee who called a technical foul on Arizona coach Sean Miller or ejected him from a game during the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.
Rush told The Associated Press on Thursday night when he resigned from his position as coordinator that the comments were “absolutely, 100 percent said in jest.” He believes the remarks were leaked out by officials who were unhappy with his overall handling of the Pac-12 program and wanted to tarnish his reputation. Rush said he made his remarks at the “wrong place, wrong time, wrong audience.”
It probably would have passed as a joke, IF you didn’t mention it on Thursday AND then reiterated the same message in the Friday morning meeting.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott called Rush’s actions “completely inappropriate.”
Rush served as the Pac-12’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating for less than a year after taking the job last May following a 32-year career as an NBA referee.
“I want to express my appreciation for the great contribution Ed made to basketball officiating for the conference during his tenure, particularly in the area of training and the cultivation of new officiating talent. All of us at the conference thank him for his years of hard work, and we wish him well,” Scott said in a statement.