Transcript for Rutgers Basketball Coach Fired, Administrators Under Fire
Thank you josh. The latest on that basketball firestorm at rutgers. The coach caught on tape abusing his players was fired yesterday but that has not stopped the controversy. Abc's gio benitez is on the story and higher-ups at rutgers now under fire too. Reporter: So many are scratching their heads wondering why the university didn't do more before this video got out. This morning, the man at the center of the rutgers basketball scandal is without a job and speaking out. There's no explanation for what's on those films because there is no excuse for it. Reporter: But now the question is should anyone else bear some responsibility for head coach mike rice's appalling behavior. . Reporter: Rice was fired wednesday after abc's sister network, espn, aired this video of rice exploding during practice, grabbing players, kicking them, even firing a basketball at one player's head. Then there's the verbal abuse. The anti-gay slurs. I'm deeply sorry for the pain and the hardship I've caused. Reporter: But rutgers knew about rice's behavior and that tape since november. The punishment back then, a three-game suspension, a $50,000 fine and he was ordered to attend anger management classes. I can't think of an argument that would be compelling enough to justify a suspension and a fine when ultimately aal was decided upon. Reporter: The university's athletic director tim pernetti apologized for waiting this long to fire the coach admitting "i was wrong." I don't think this is over for tim. The vast majority of administrators would have fired mike rice on the spot. Reporter: Parents of the players say it will take time to heal from this scandal. Forward austin johnson's mother says she feels guilt? I texted austin and say in some way I feel I might have failed you. If I had known the graft I think I would have more strongly counseled had him to leave. Repter: Stacy williams tells me her son and teammates would talk about the coach's behavior but never complained. Some said they were afraid to lose their scholarships. Others simply thought it was part of that basketball culture. Boy, that's the scariest part of all right there.
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