With the news coming out of Rutgers University involving Mike
Rice Jr. and his abusive coaching tactics, we called on one of our close
friends, Travis Rodgers from Yahoo! Sports Radio, to break it down for us in
terms that we can all understand.
“I don’t know how the Athletic Director looks at those tapes and thinks that that rises to the level of a three-game suspension. If that’s not a firable offense in his mind, I can’t imagine what you would have to do to finally get blown out of that job.”
Rodgers also says that it makes the Rutgers University President look exceptionally bad too, because he has people on his payroll who don’t know how and when to make the call to fire someone on the staff.
“I have no idea how as the University President you have somebody on your staff like an athletic director like a Tim Pernetti and you don’t say ‘If you can’t make a call as easy as this, I can’t trust you to make any other decisions. You’ve got to go pal’.”
Rodgers also talked about assistant coach Eric Murdock and his decision to blow the whistle on the whole story.
“He comes out of this looking like the only guy at Rutgers that didn’t have his head you know where. So I would imagine that he’s in a pretty good spot right now. He should have never gotten fired. He was the one guy that of all the assistants, of all the trainers of everybody that knew that was going on…Not one person other than Murdock got up and said ‘This ain't right’.”
And given the crazy circumstances that took place at the Staples Center last night when the crowd started chanting that they wanted Phil Jackson rather than Mike D’Antoni, we had to hear what Rodgers had to say.
“Mike D’Antoni had to feel like the biggest jerk on the face of the Earth and he didn’t even do anything. All he did was get up and go to work last night, and he’s got 20,000 people essentially telling him that he sucks and he didn’t even do anything.”
Take a listen to the comedic interview and be sure to check out Rodgers on Yahoo! Sports Radio weekdays from 9-11 PST.