PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 13, 2012) – Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti announced Thursday that men’s basketball head coach Mike Rice has been suspended three games without pay and fined $50,000 due to a violation of athletic department policy. The suspension is a result of inappropriate behavior and language. The suspension does not involve any NCAA violations.
“Accountability is a vital element of the Rutgers Athletics family and it is imperative our head coaches act and lead in a responsible manner,” said Pernetti. “This was not an easy decision for me to make but absolutely necessary to ensure what is best for our program.”
Associate head coach David Cox will serve as the team’s interim coach. Rice will return to his duties as head coach December 29.
“Since becoming a coach at the age of 21, I have taken great pride in not only helping young men learn the game of basketball but also in teaching them about character, respect and hard work,” said Rice. “To the extent that my conduct has ever been in contrast with those principles, I have failed my players – and myself – and I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the terms of my suspension. I will learn from my mistakes and I will become a better coach, teacher and role model.
“I sincerely apologize to our players, both past and present; to our incredible assistant coaches and staff; to President Barchi, the Board of Governors and Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti for their belief in me; to the University faculty, staff and student body who represent the greatness of RU and to our Scarlet Knight fans who provide so much support to our teams,” Rice continued. “My commitment to becoming a better man and coach is only matched by my passion to make Rutgers basketball a great source of pride for the community.”