MURPHY’S LAW: Rice Cooked, Bad Rush, Freaking Iowa, ISU Sanctions

Posted on: 8:47 pm, April 2, 2013, by , updated on: 12:14am, April 3, 2013

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I generally don’t call for firings. Rutgers needs to fire basketball coach Mike Rice. ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” showed video of Rice verbally berating and physically assaulting his players. If you haven’t yet seen it, click here

Rice grabs, kicks, and threatens players. He also throws basketballs at their heads. This isn’t an isolated incident. Bobby Knight finds it shocking. No place for Mike Rice in NCAA athletics. He’ll be gone long before Rutgers joins the Big Ten–mark my words…

I think Rutgers needs to take a good, hard look at the lack of judgement shown by Athletics Director Tim Pernetti too. He reviewed the Rice video in December, and suspended Rice three games, and fined him $50,000. No way that’s enough. How do you think recruiting will go until Rice is gone?…

Also soon looking for work, or should be, Pac 12 head of officials Ed Rush. According to reports, Rush offered Pac 12 officials $5,000 or a trip to Cancun to anyone who would give a technical foul to Arizona coach Sean Miller. Michael Irving did. It was Miller’s first T of the season.  Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott says Rush used horrible judgment. It’s worse than that…

Speaking of horrible judgment, Steve Alford had this exchange with a reporter as UCLA introduced Alford to the media Tuesday (courtesy of the Albuquerque Journal):

Reporter: “You’ve talked a lot about coach Wooden and how he’s shaped you and his values. Do you think he would have handled the Pierre Pierce case the way you did. And in 2003 you gave an interview in which you said the whole Pierce episode made Pierre stronger. Do you think the whole episode made the victim stronger?”

Alford: “Well, that was an instance that happened years ago at the University of Iowa and all I can tell you with that situation is I followed everything that the University of Iowa administration and the lawyers that were hired, I did everything I was supposed to do at the University of Iowa in that situation. I followed everything that I was told to do.”

I’m sure the University of Iowa would love this to just go away for good. It was a sad, dark chapter at an otherwise outstanding university. I don’t believe that when Alford vouched for Pierce’s innocence, or when Alford allegedly attempted to intimidate the victim, that he was following the orders of any Iowa administrator or attorney. The U of I’s ad hoc investigation criticized Alford for his actions and words. It would be nice if he took responsibility. Accountability is one way a person shows promise he won’t repeat a mistake…

Hate seeing University of Iowa in a negative light, in the USA’s second largest media market, but if I were advising Iowa, I’d say ignore. Most of the parties have moved on anyway. Hopefully the victim has been able to as well…

I’m sure Alford would love to see the media from “Freaking Iowa” about now. Reporters aren’t as polite in Los Angeles…

What happened at Iowa State? The university asks the NCAA for two years probation for NCAA violations between 2008 and 2011. ISU officials say they self-reported the mistakes in November of 2011, and already self-imposed sanctions. The main infraction appears to be 79 impermissible phone calls and texts to recruits (out of ISU’s estimated 750,000).  What Iowa State doesn’t say is which sports and coaches were involved. Transparency is always best, so either there’s a good, valid reason we’re not learning all, or ISU officials should know better…

I end with a sentence I only type when the Hawkeyes or Cyclones are in Madison Square Garden. I’m excited to watch this NIT game…

Editor’s note: Iowa beat Maryland 71-60, advancing to Thursday’s NIT championship to face Baylor.