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Rutgers and Mike Rice Revisited

Rutgers and Mike Rice Revisited

This from the athletic director, after my earlier column today:

“I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice,” Rutgers athletics director Tim Pernetti said in statement. “Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”

Now they should get rid of him. It took three months to find out this was still going on? I’m embarrassed for my alma mater.

(My thanks to Alex Goldfayn for his assistance with this issue.)

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 4

  • Noah

    April 3, 2013

    I’m really surprised not one of those players thought “enough is enough” and dropped him.

  • Alan Weiss

    April 3, 2013

    The players have more class than he does, the moron. Now watch some program hire him within a week!

  • Tim Wilson

    April 3, 2013


    I watched the tape and several others where the AD was interviewed as well as the coach that was fired. Three observations:

    1. While the coach’s behavior is revolting, can’t help think it’s symptomatic not only in the athletic arena but also in the workplace. Too many individuals in positions of authority believe yelling and insulting people is how you express yourself and get one’s point across.
    2. The AD is like a lot of managers afraid of firing their star employee out of the mistaken belief they won’t be able to find someone as good. So they keep them on thinking they will change, they won’t. They only fire them when they’re forced which by then, the damage is done and the situation may be unrecoverable.
    3. Learned helplessness on the part of the players and other coaches. Too many players and coaches mistakenly believe that they are supposed to accept this kind of abuse. For whatever reason, only job they can get, only school they can get in to participate in their sport, or on scholarship, they’re afraid to say of do anything. For those who refuse to be treated in such a manner and can transfer they do, but, too many on them believe they have no other choice but the take the abuse because they believe their options are limited.

    What is interesting is we see similar behavior in the work place and it’s reflective on people’s work product and how they treat customers. If you have a boss that is yelling at you the time, is it any surprise we as customers receive the outcome of that conduct visited upon us?

    Unfortunately I think you’re right someone will give this guy a coaching job because they believe that’s how one is suppose to coach.

  • Alan Weiss

    April 4, 2013

    I suspect his bullying may be because he basically feels inferior and tries to drag everyone down to his perceived level of inferiority. But you’re right: a poor leader, a poor boss, players and parents either unwilling or uninvolved. The athletic director should go tomorrow.

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