By now I am sure that you have seen the video footage of former Rutgers University head basketball coach Mike Rice screaming at his players, shoving them, violently chucking balls and yelling anti-gay slurs. When Rutgers athletic officials saw that video in November, they suspended Rice for three games, fined him $75,000 and ordered him to seek anger management counseling. When the video went public this month — sparking outrage from alumni, faculty, students, fans and others — university officials fired Rice.
Rutgers officials announced Friday that Athletic Director Tim Pernetti had agreed to leave the university. Meanwhile, there are calls for the resignation of Rutgers President Robert Barchi, who said that he was told about the video last year but did not watch it until recently.
I asked Rutgers officials to send me a copy of Rice’s contract, which was terminated this week. Over the past few years, I have read through many contracts basketball coaches have signed with public universities, which are usually public records, and was curious what Rice and his lawyers had negotiated. Here’s a copy of that contract, along with my notations: