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Former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice leaves his home Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Little Silver, N.J. Rice was fired Wednesday after a videotape aired showing Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice. Athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the tape by a former employee in November and, after an independent investigator was hired to review it, Rice was suspended for three games, fined $75,000 and ordered to attend anger management classes. University president Robert Barchi signed off on the penalty. But on Wednesday, Rutgers referred to new information and “a review of previously discovered issues” as the reasons for Rice’s termination. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Former Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice leaves his home Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Little Silver, N.J. Rice was fired Wednesday after a videotape aired showing Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice. Athletic director Tim Pernetti was given a copy of the tape by a former employee in November and, after an independent investigator was hired to review it, Rice was suspended for three games, fined $75,000 and ordered to attend anger management classes. University president Robert Barchi signed off on the penalty. But on Wednesday, Rutgers referred to new information and “a review of previously discovered issues” as the reasons for Rice’s termination. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice is driven from his home, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Little Silver, N.J. With political and social pressure mounting after video showed Rice screaming gay slurs and shoving, kicking and throwing balls at his NCAA college basketball players, the university fired Rice on Wednesday, and then did their best to avoid the blame for not getting it right four months ago. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

In this four-image combo taken from an ESPN video, Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice kicks, shoves, and throws balls at his players during NCAA college basketball practices in Piscataway, N.J. Fueled by outrage from even the governor when the video went public, Rutgers fired Rice on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, after deciding it didn’t go far enough by suspending and fining him for shoving, kicking and throwing balls at players along with spewing gay slurs. (AP Photo/ESPN)

FILE – In this May 6, 2010 file photo, Mike Rice, left, former coach of Robert Morris, is introduced as the new men’s basketball coach of Rutgers by athletic director Tim Pernetti, during a news conference at Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers has fired Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice. With mounting criticism on a state and national level, the school decided to take action on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. relieving Rice of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons at the Big East school. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)


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