NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rutgers University is reviewing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men’s basketball coach Mike Rice his job.
University President Robert Barchi announced the review Monday during a town hall meeting on the school’s Newark campus.
Barchi said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be immediately reported. He also said he will not tolerate that sort of behavior.
The scandal spun out of control when the video went public last week showing Rice screaming obscenities and gay slurs at his players and punching, kicking and throwing basketballs at them.
At the town hall, Barchi reiterated that he wished he had viewed the video where Rice was seen physically and verbally abusing his players when it first surfaced in November. Barchi said he would have fired Rice then.
“Horrible words were used, and I don’t know why that has to be used in an athletic arena,” one woman said at the town hall.
“Let’s focus on what we’re doing going forward and about how strongly I feel about this,” Barchi responded.