The Rutgers University basketball coaching scandal


Guests:  David Ridpath and Eric Zillmer

Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was fired last week after videos of his abusive behavior towards players were made public.  Rice was shown being physically aggressive and yelling homophobic slurs during practice.   University officials, including athletic director Tim Pernetti who resigned on Friday, were made aware of the videos last fall and they did nothing until December when they suspended the coach for three games and fined him $50,000 for inappropriate behavior and language.  There have also been calls for university president Robert Barchi to resign. In the wake of yet another college sports scandal we’ll explore what the situation at Rutgers tells us about the culture of college sports, a university’s responsibilities for the well being of its athletes and the role of coaches in the lives of players.  Our guests are DAVID RIDPATH, Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at Ohio University, and ERIC ZILLMER, athlethic director at Drexel University and Professor of Neuropsychology where he teaches and writes about sport psychology

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