April 4, 2013

Fired Rutgers basketball coach due $100K bonus

Geoff Mulvihill / The Associated Press

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers University's fired basketball coach is due a $100,000 bonus for lasting through the season.

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Rutgers coach Mike Rice reacts to play during a game against Connecticut in Piscataway, N.J., in this 2012 photo. The airing of a videotape of Rice using gay slurs, shoving and grabbing his players and throwing balls at them in practice led to his firing on Wednesday.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mike Rice was dismissed Wednesday after a video was made public of him kicking and shoving players and spewing gay slurs during practices.

He would not be collecting the bonus if he had been fired in December when the university first saw the video and the administration decided only to discipline him.

Rice was paid $622,500 last year under a deal that also included bonuses for winning games and graduating players. His five-year contract called for a $100,000 bonus if he completed the 2012-13 season.

Athletic Department spokesman Jason Baum tells The Associated Press the bonus will be paid because it's contractually obligated.

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