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Mike Rice is coaching his daughter’s 12 year old AAU team

Apr 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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The big news from over the weekend was that disgraced ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice has resurfaced … as the coach of an AAU team for 12 year old girls. That team is part of the New Jersey ShoreShots program.

It went viral went Brian Geltzeiler’s tweets about a game were picked up by Deadspin, and they created a mini-firestorm when they did what Deadspin does. In reality, this isn’t a new situation; Rice has been coaching this team since he became the head coach at Rutgers. A source confirmed that information to NBCSports.com.

The parents of the girls on the team support Rice, and that’s probably because Rice is one of those parents. His daughter is a member of the team that he is coaching, according to that source. He’s been doing it for a couple of years.

“He’s been coaching his daughter’s team for years and for it to get out now is wrong, especially when what was said was inaccurate,” the source said.

“The Deadspin report is a gross misrepresentation of the facts,” a source close to the AAU team told SNY.tv. “The team’s parents are fully behind Coach Rice and his instruction of their daughters.”

Personally, I don’t have an issue with this as long as the parents don’t have an issue with it. Rice may be a lunatic, but I think he understands the difference between coaching a team that plays in the Big East and a team filled with girls in Middle School. At that age, parents still attend practices, as well, and I can’t imagine that there is anyone in the world that would be OK with a coach calling their 12 year old daughter a sissy or firing a basketball at her.

That said, the reason that Rice was fired in the first place was because of the moral outrage and the online pressure that built up when the video of his practice antics went viral. I can’t imagine that he’ll be long for this gig as word of it spreads throughout the blogosphere.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. arlingtonsynn - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Imagine this scene…

    Coach Rice blows up at his young budding star ‘Stephanie’.

    RICE: “Stephanie, you are playing like a 12 year old girl out there!”
    STEPHANIE: “Umm… coach…. I am a 12 year old girl.”
    RICE: “Don’t Correct me F****T!”

  2. melkipershero - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    This has bad idea all over it

    • Alan Pugh - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      This has “non-story” all over it. Stop falling for manufactured outrage.

  3. florida727 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Hope he enjoys it. It’ll be the only coaching he does for a VERY long time.

  4. skids003 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Yes, and once again the media dufusses pressures someone out of a job.

  5. majorhavoc83 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    My son plays 6th grade AAU basketball. Rob is correct in saying that parents attend the practices. There’s no way Mr. Rice would get away with that kind of nonsense at the 12 year old level.

    Since Mr. Rice has been coaching the team his daughter plays on for a couple of years, and he has the support of the parents, I’m not sure how this is really a story.

  6. njsurfchick - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    “Hide yo wife, hide yo kids….!!!”

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I’m not sure if the person who gave you the thumbs down got your Antoine Dodson reference. Then again, maybe the thumbs ups didn’t either. Except for my thumbs up. I LOL’d when I read your comment!

      • njsurfchick - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Thank you…it was all in fun.

  7. savage1701 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Apparently this guy got fired from Rutgers for some very good reasons.

    This article, on the other hand, is apparently attempting to create sensationalism where none has existed for years. I think it’s bad journalism to re-state what was dirt, disavow it, but then end with the implication that Rice will mess up or his bad habits will show up with his daughter’s team. The author also seems to think it is very important to keep reminding readers of the age and gender of the team he is coaching. I find that disturbing. Dauster’s mud-slinging is obvious.

  8. patthehockeyfan - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Ah, gee, Rob! Get a freakin’ life!

    “The parents of the girls on the team support Rice, and that’s probably because Rice is one of those parents.” What exactly does this mean?

    “Personally, I don’t have an issue with this as long as the parents don’t have an issue with it.” Who cares whether or not YOU have an issue with it?

    What’s next? Going through Rice’s garbage cans?

  9. nudeman - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Most ridiculous thing written yet, by ANYONE on Mike Rice:

    “I think he understands the difference between coaching a team that plays in the Big East and a team filled with girls in Middle School. At that age, parents still attend practices, as well, and I can’t imagine that there is anyone in the world that would be OK with a coach calling their 12 year old daughter a sissy or firing a basketball at her.”

    Dauster, if I was your editor you’d be looking for a job after that.

    First, unless you’ve had a heart to heart interview with him (which I highly doubt) you have no idea if he understands the difference of coaching 12 year old girls and 18 – 22 year old boys. He’s show a shocking lack of personal and professional awareness, and so I wouldn’t be so quick to draw that conclusion.

    Secondly, your point about parents attending practices undercuts everything you’re trying to say here. OF COURSE he behaves himself with the parents around. Just like he did on the occasions Rutgers higher ups attended his practices.

    • jdillydawg - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      You neglected the first part of that quote: “Rice may be a lunatic, but…”

      My kid’s in Little League. I just reviewed the coaches’ application and, sure enough, it encourages lunatics to apply!

      I’ve seen many a parent stand by while a coach berates a team of 10-11 year olds. Just because they watch doesn’t mean they get involved. (Unless it’s to tell the ump they made a bad call…)

      That said, I just think Rice has some serious anger issues. Fix those, and he’ll probably reach his potential of being a great coach. But coaching while he’s still angry (at what? Who knows?) doesn’t help anyone.

      • nudeman - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        “serious anger issues” is a MASSIVE understatement.

        I think he has issues that … shit, I can’t begin to understand where that stuff comes from and what’s at the root of it.

        His behavior on those tapes was so incredibly inappropriate, juvenile and disgusting, I think the guy needs a 12 month break from coaching and intensive therapy. Not trying to make fun of him at all. There is something very wrong there from deep clinical standpoint with Rice.

  10. thestatsishere - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    What idiot made that decision to hire him? I wouldn’t want him coaching my fantasy basketball team. He hasn’t even apologized publicly for his behavior. At least not that I am aware of.

    • patthehockeyfan - Apr 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Watching Rice’s one and (to my knowledge) only statement to the press made me feel uncomfortable. Yes, his behaviour was wrong. Whether or not he knows it, one can only guess. He seemed to be humiliated (emphasis on ‘seemed’), and was sorry for embarassing his family.

      Unless he’s a very good actor, his pain was obvious, and anyone with compassion would have felt uncomfortable watching and listening to him. Best word to describe it: sad. Sad for him, for his family, for his players, for Rutgers.

      I’m not sure why he owes ‘the public’ an apology.

      Then again, if he did apologize publicly, would you then have him coach your fantasy basketball team?

  11. jsm11 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I agree. If the parents don’t have an issue with it, eh, whatever.

    • jdillydawg - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      As a parent, I would find it unacceptable if he didn’t throw basketbals at the kids, grab ‘em by their collars and scream obscenities at them. After all, Rutgers was headed to the Final 4 with his brilliant coaching and I would hope my kid got the same benefit those Rutgers players did.

      What? Rutgers wasn’t headed for the Final 4….?

  12. ningenito78 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Enough already. It’s over.

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