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B1G yawn at Rutgers’ Mike Rice mess?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or been in a coma underneath a rock, for the past few days, you’re aware of the videos that went viral of Mike Rice going Neanderthal on his Rutgers basketball players.  The shocking clips of Rice hurling both basketballs and homosexual slurs at his players led to the coach’s dismissal and the same fate for athletic director Tim Pernetti, who laughably decided in December a three-game suspension and five-figure fine befitted the crime.

With a move from the American Athletic Conference (née Big East) to the Big Ten looming in July of 2014, some have asked what if any impact the controversy will have on the Scarlet Knights’ jump to the money-green pastures of the Midwestern conference.  The short and equally obvious answer?  None.  Zero.  Zip.  Zilch.

As Rutgers is not yet an official member of the Big Ten, that conference will not comment on the current mess that is the New Jersey school’s athletic department.  Off the record, and while they would obviously prefer this situation wasn’t an issue and do find it troublesome, the conference stands firmly behind a school that, along with Maryland, will become the league’s 13th and 14th members next year.

Simply put, the Big Ten didn’t add Rutgers because it was an athletic powerhouse in general or a football juggernaut specifically.  Rather, Rutgers was plucked in one of myriad rounds of expansion musical chairs because of the potential television market it brings to the Big Ten Network — and the millions upon millions of additional dollars annually for its membership — and for its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities — and the multi-millions upon multi-millions of research dollars that brings.

Did the Mike Rice imbroglio and bungled and misguided coverup change either of those two factors?  Not in the least, which means the Big Ten will be more than willing to weather whatever type of residual storm may come its way over the next year and a half.

Now, should this fiasco give the Big Ten second thoughts or a minute’s pause?  Possibly, but remember, this is also the conference of Bobby Knight and Woody Hayes; it’s used to negative press on the coaching end and riding out the PR storm.

It’s a long time between now and July 1, 2014.  A lot of time to make the Mike Rice embarrassment smaller and smaller in the rear-view.  Right or wrong, that’s precisely how the Big Ten will allow this to play out.

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15 Responses to “B1G yawn at Rutgers’ Mike Rice mess?”
  1. dhlions says: Apr 5, 2013 2:15 PM

    *Ring ring… ring ring…*

    “Hello, Rutgers University speaking.”
    “This is the B1G.”
    “Ohhhh hello! Look, I know you guys heard about that whole coaching thing…”
    “Shut up. Will you still bring money to the table in 2014?
    “That is all. Good day”


  2. 10kmp says: Apr 5, 2013 2:24 PM

    Possibly, but remember, this is also the conference of Bobby Knight and Woody Hayes; it’s used to negative press on the coaching end and riding out the PR storm…

    Whatever. Coach Hayes won 5 national championships and 13 B1G titles in 28 years at Ohio State, and while those are elite accomplishments in the world of college football his achievements in other areas of his life are even more impressive. He taught mandatory english classes to all freshman football players at OSU, and lectured on American history in his classes at the university. Woody Hayes was every bit as much at home at Ohio State’s Faculty Club as he was on the sideline in Ohio Stadium. His humanitarian works and huge heart are well documented… and just as well ignored in favor of a handful of public altercations. Mentioning this Rice guy’s name in the same breath as the legendary Woody Hayes is an insult, not only to Coach Hayes, but to all the coaches in college athletics who actually care about the kids with whom they work.

  3. joebone says: Apr 5, 2013 3:09 PM

    Yep, and it isn’t just the Big 10 that’s yawning over this story. Sure the video was compelling, but now every half-assed blogger and small market newsreader is milking this for everything it’s worth, but the fact remains: until this story broke, an infinitesimally small percentage of the world cared about Mike Rice or the Rutgers basketball program, and the rest of us, B1G yawn. Now we’re supposed to believe tha all of humankind is wringing its hands over these mooks and their mediocre hoops program? Not a chance.

  4. thraiderskin says: Apr 5, 2013 3:32 PM

    The guy deserved to be fired, the AD possible deserved to be fired, but the fist pounding over this is rediculous. This article is a pathetic attempt at making much ado about nothing. Would I want my kid to be treated like that? no, but I would have raised my kid not to take that. The bigger story to me is that these guys (the players) didn’t lay the SOB out.

  5. drummerhoff says: Apr 5, 2013 3:48 PM

    What happened at RU was horrible…

    But to make any connection to B1G membership is naive, at best.

    RU hit the lottery by getting into the B1G. The B1G made a bold business move a few years ago by starting a TV network and, as a result, is in a position to change college sports forever.

    They win, you lose.

  6. buckeye94 says: Apr 5, 2013 3:55 PM

    Woody is a good man from a completely different era. Not condoling all of his acts but he was good. Now let’s think a out it…who are they going to get to replace Rutgers if they choose so? I know there is the ACC teams that are talked about but ehhh if you bring in either Virgina or NC you have to bring the other it just be easy. So most sense….just keep Rutgers coming in with Maryland.

  7. sdelmonte says: Apr 5, 2013 5:49 PM

    The B1G is also the land of JoePa. After that, everything seems smaller, for good or for ill.

  8. Deb says: Apr 5, 2013 5:49 PM

    Oh good … a chance to comment on something that’s been puzzling me:

    Yesterday a commenter on PFT slammed ESPN for trying to engineer Mike Rice’s dismissal and dozens of people agreed with him. I don’t get it. This isn’t Craig James taking out a broadcast hit on Mike Leach for failing to bow for his spoiled brat. This is a guy with a losing record who tosses kids around the court. If striking a kid gets an icon like Woody Hayes fired, it should get this guy fired. Even though I dislike ESPN, I can agree with that.

  9. billmead1976 says: Apr 5, 2013 5:52 PM

    Get out your participation trophies for all the little rugrats that played t-ball, weekend soccer and now D-1 Basketball.

    Sorry Little Johnny. I’m sorry you can’t hit the ball and I’m sorry you can’t run straight. Gee, you’re clueless on defense and maybe you don’t belong on the field of play. You know, sports aren’t meant for everybody. We need doctors, engineers, lawyers and burger flippers too. But, heck, here’s a trophy for you anyway so you and your uptight parent can feel like you’re contributing to society.

    Build some character in your athletes – screw this touchy feely BS. You don’t build winners by catering to whiners.

    You folks have no idea how to defend a country.

    Col. Nathaniel Jessup

  10. Deb says: Apr 5, 2013 6:06 PM

    It’s always entertaining when people quote the demented movie characters as though they’re the voice of sanity and reason. My favorite demented character was Norman Bates in his mother persona:

    I’ll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do . . . suspect me. They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching . . . they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, “Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly.”

  11. barbeaux says: Apr 6, 2013 1:04 AM

    ^hahaha. Agreed.

  12. polegojim says: Apr 6, 2013 10:10 AM

    Happiness is Rice in the rear view mirror. It should be smaller and smaller – it’s been handled.

    Rather than keep it alive, the B1G should issue a statement of appreciation to Rutgers for doing what needed to be done… and everyone move on.

    Rutgers took care of business by firing Rice and admittedly aren’t finished making changes.

    Therefore, this has nothing to do with the B1G and I’m glad they’re taking this approach.

    Learn from the experience, but no other reason to keep looking back on this one.

  13. polegojim says: Apr 6, 2013 10:31 AM

    And also enter this into evidence:

  14. takingbovadasmoney says: Apr 6, 2013 7:29 PM

    Yeah, OK, we get it. Y’all are paid by the story. The only reason to write that article.

  15. John Taylor says: Apr 6, 2013 9:09 PM

    “Yeah, OK, we get it. Y’all are paid by the story.”

    Nope, try again. Thanks for playing, though.

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