LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - The coach of the Rutgers University men's basketball team was just fired after video of his tirades caught on camera went public.
The video of Mike Rice and an assistant angrily attacking players was shocking, but it sat dormant for weeks.
Former Niagara University head coach Jack Armstrong, who still calls Lewiston home, coached Mike Rice when he played at Fordham and then hired Rice as an assistant an N.U. Armstrong told News 4 by phone that he exchanged text messages with his former assistant shortly after he was fired.
"Obviously he was all apologetic and disappointed, and knows he has let a lot of people down, and obviously put himself in a very difficult position and obviously knows he messed up," Armstrong said.
When Rutgers' athletic director Tim Pernetti initially saw the video, he suspended Rice for three games, and fined him $75,000. But ESPN showed the video this week, leading to outrage.
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi said, "Today, Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti offered me his resignation, and I have accepted it."
Armstrong says Mike Rice needs to spend some time with his family and plot where he goes from here.
"He will learn from this. I know he is truly sorry and embarrassed, and he knows he totally screwed up. At some point down the line, I see him returning in some way, shape, or form to athletics," Armstrong said.
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