Rutgers University suspends lacrosse coach for verbally abusing players

RutgersIt’s tough to be a Rutgers fan these days.

You know your university has a bullying problem when in the course of a month it’s had to suspend one coach and fire another after totally unrelated incidents.

Rutgers University  announced Friday it had suspended head men’s lacrosse coach Brian Brecht for verbally abusing his players.

After a video surfaced of Rutgers (now) ex-basketball coach Mike Rice berating and throwing basketballs at his players, the school fired Rice and began investigating how other Rutgers coaches manage their players. After watching footage from Brecht’s practices, Rutgers discovered Brecht was also using unorthodox coaching tactics. The university has not released any details of what those methods are, however. Hopefully they aren’t quite as outlandish as Rice’s.

The school will continue to pay Brecht throughout the suspension. Likewise, it will also have to pay Rice $475,000 for voiding his contract two years before it was set to expire.

Former athletic director Tim Pernetti –  who resigned amidst questions about his handling of the Rice situation –  is responsible for hiring Brecht. If the school ultimately fires Brecht, too, the good news it isn’t losing much. The lacrosse coach has only led the Scarlet Knights to 2 victories all season. The team is likely better off without its fearless leader as it goes head-to-head with #7 Duke on Saturday.

On the bright side, Los Angles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan is reportedly signing on as the university’s new head basketball coach and will replace Rice. The university is still searching for a new athletic director.

 

 

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