Skip to main content

Fired Rutgers coach to get $100K bonus

By Aaron Cooper, CNN
updated 10:14 AM EDT, Fri April 5, 2013

(CNN) -- Rutgers University will pay former basketball coach Mike Rice -- fired this week over a video that showed him shoving and berating players -- a $100,000 bonus for "longevity" as called for in his contract, Rutgers athletic department spokesman Jason Baum said Thursday.

"The details of his severance package are still being discussed," Baum said.

See Rutgers basketball coach flip out
Faculty asks Rutgers president to resign

Rice was fired Wednesday after ESPN broadcast a video -- which the network said shows excerpts of practice sessions shot between 2010 and 2012-- in which the coach berated, shoved and threw basketballs at players.

Rutgers basketball assistant resigns after video surfaces

"You f**king fairy ... you're a f**king fa**ot," Rice appears to say during one session depicted on the video.

Rice had just ended his third year as the Scarlet Knights' coach with a record of 44-51, and was under contract through the 2014-2015 season. He came to Rutgers from Robert Morris University, where he had a 73-31 record, taking the team to the NCAA basketball tournament twice.

His 2012 salary was $655,470.55, including $300,000 in base pay, according to News 12 New Jersey, which cited public records.

Opinion: Rutgers coach and sports' bully culture

Opinion: Wrong move to fire bullying coach

CNN's Michael Pearson and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT