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April 7th, 2013
01:05 PM ET

ESPN Exposes Abusive Coach

ESPN’s Andy Katz joins Howard Kurtz to talk about his network’s reporting on the video that led to the firing of Rutgers basketball coach, Mike Rice.


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  1. Preston Rutledge

    While the FBI is conducting that investigation, make sure they thoroughly investigate those who have 'accused' Murdock, like Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi, who has a strong motive to fabricate such a claim. That president should be fired for exactly the same reason the athletic director was fired. There needs to be an investigation of Barchi and there should be severe criminal consequences if he fabricated this charge as a distraction, to save his own hide.

    Little doubt remains, that the school did, indeed, fire Eric Murdock because he blew the whistle on Rice. The only person not yet fired who needs to be fired is Rutgers President Robert Barchi. A well-spring of sentiment is quickly mounting that Barchi MUST GO. What better strategy could there possibly be for Barchi, than to confuse and distract the issues with such a false charge – something that would effectively distract from the college's "sins" and confuse the issues – while simultaneously serving to "suck all the air out of" mounting impetus to remove that college president.

    Barchi and this college are HIGHLY – no – VERY HIGHLY suspect on the question of whether they have acted in Bad Faith by deliberately, strategically leveling false charges against Murdock (their accuser). What better way to 'dodge the bullet' than for the 'accused' to frame and smear the accuser? Nothing new there. Barchi must go in any event. The facts don't change on that score.

    April 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  2. Reflecting Pool

    No doubt can possibly remain, that the school did, indeed, fire Eric Murdock because he blew the whistle on Rice.

    I find Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi's denial of this fact and his blatant trivialization of the abuse to be conclusive evidence that Barchi still "doesn't get it" and he should be immediately removed as president.

    Barchi's pretentious, disingenuous admission that he made a mistake – ONLY AFTER the video went viral, further impeaches his credibility and makes him look like a "pathetic, squirming liar." In November 2012 Barchi approved the 'keep-Rice' decision and he's now caught in a catch-22 dilemma – if he did this WITHOUT seeing the video he's an irresponsible idiot – if he made the decision AFTER VIEWING the video that means he's lying now and he's also an irresponsible idiot. Barchi and that entire brand of callous, impudent indifference needs to be thoroughly purged from Rudgers University. It is a carcinogenic tumor that infects too many powerful people in college sports today. Barchi is a stain on the Rutgers image.

    April 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Reply

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