What They're Saying about Mike Rice
“We are thrilled to welcome Mike, Kerry, Michael and Katie Rice to the Rutgers family. Mike has proven to be an excellent head coach with a contagious energy and an unrivaled work ethic. Most of all, Mike shares the vision of building a championship basketball program at Rutgers that will bring excitement and pride to the University, the great state of New Jersey and the tri-state area.”
- Tim Pernetti, Director of Athletics, Rutgers University
“Mike Rice has done a great job as head basketball coach at Robert Morris University. We are extremely proud of Mike and for all of our former assistants who have gone on to further their careers. Because of his family background, he has great passion for the game of basketball. He is a hard worker and has a great family. He is intense, he lives the game and he loves the game.”
- Jamie Dixon, Head Coach, University of Pittsburgh
"Tim Pernetti and Rutgers University are to be applauded for the decision to hire Mike Rice as the next basketball coach at the University. Mike has a passion and work ethic second to none. I'm certain that he will energize the passionate fan base at Rutgers and that the RAC will be jumping again."
- Phil Martelli, Head Coach, Saint Joseph's University
"Mike Rice is one of the sharp young coaches on today's college basketball landscape. He is bright, energetic, passionate, and he has a great feel for the game. I'm not at all surprised by Mike's fast rise in the coaching profession. He's a star."
-Jay Bilas, ESPN Basketball Analyst
“Mike has a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy. He has to be patient, but his energy and enthusiasm should become contagious to everyone in the basketball family at Rutgers.”
-Dick Vitale, ESPN Basketball Analyst
“I have known Mike for a long time. He has great genes for the game. He’s competitive as heck, just like his dad. He’s all business during the game and he understands what the kids need after the game and during the week.”
– Bill Raftery, CBS/ESPN Basketball Analyst
“I think Mike is a good, young basketball coach who is getting an opportunity to advance to the highest level of college basketball at the right time in his career. He has proven that he can take a little and make a lot out of it. It’s been very, very apparent in the NCAA Tournament when his team has gone out and competed against the powers of college basketball. I think that Rutgers got the right man for job. You know he is going to put his whole heart into it.”
– Gus Johnson, CBS Sports announcer
"Coach Rice is one of the most energetic coaches you're going to find. He demands accountability and a sense of urgency from everyone associated with his program. His attention to detail and focus on defense is one of the main reasons for the success we've had at Robert Morris over the last three years, and it's something he'll continue to focus on throughout his career."
-Craig Coleman, M.D., Director of Athletics, Robert Morris University