Final Four coaches weigh in on Mike Rice

Former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice. (Reuters)

Former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice. (Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:18 PM ET

The unfolding Rutgers scandal has forced some of the attention away from the Final Four.

The four remaining head coaches weighed in Thursday about the verbal and physically abusive videos that led to the dismissal of Rutgers bench boss Mike Rice this week.

“I absolutely do not believe there’s that coaching style going on. I do not. I don’t think there’s a coach in the country that does that,” said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

“I know Mike Rice. I’ve known him a long time. I like him. I think he’s a very good basketball coach. I think the tragedy is his team would have played exactly the same or better if he hadn’t done any of that. If he never threw a ball, if he never touched anybody, his team would have played I think better, in my experience.”

Boeheim said he can get vocal and has even thrown a ball up into the stands in anger, but he said Rice went way too far.


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