During college basketball’s biggest celebratory week of the year, Rutgers and Mike Rice took center stage this week when video surfaced on ESPN of Rice punishing his players with angry behavior that resulted in his firing. He pushed players, sometimes from behind, routinely fired basketballs at their knees and ankles, and uttered homophobic slurs at some.
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Staff writers Doug Roberson, Ken Sugiura and Chip Towers and the Associated Press contributed to this article.