Mike Rice: Fired by Rutgers University

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Mike Rice has been fired by Rutgers University.

The move came one day after footage surfaced of Rice berating his players at practice, throwing basketball at their heads and hurling insults their way after perceived mistakes.

In an email today, the school referred to new information and "a review of previously discovered issues" as the basis for Rice's termination.

"I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice," said athletic director Tim Pernetti. "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."

The Scarlet Knights finished 15-16 this season and 5-13 in the league.

"There will never be a time when I use any of that as an excuse," Rice said in an interview outside his house. "I've let so many people down. My players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans. My family, who's sitting in their house just huddled around because of the fact that their father was an embarrassment to them...

""I'm deeply sorry for the pain and the hardship that I've caused."