In my previous life as a homeowner, I learned a valuable lesson on yard maintenance that just so happens to be applicable in life.
Progress will never kill weeds.
Admittedly, I was from the Kim Kardashian School of Green Thumb: I spent much, gained little and always divorced myself from the situation within three months. Cause, no matter how many victorious battles I waged through April and May, and no matter how great things were looking in June, those weeds would return. The latest tech arsenal of weed control weaponry was no match for the relentless boomerang of crabgrass, dandelions, thistle stalks or pretty little violet disasters. Hell knows, there were always more where they came from.
Bullies happen that same way. Just ask Rutgers, they know. They fired Mike Rice because he was better at bullying than coaching them up. Maybe if Rice had won a couple national championships, he could’ve played the Bobby Knight card and been issued a stern warning instead.
Tim Pernetti followed Rice out the door today. Pernetti was the Athletic Director at Rutgers, and I can only assume he was fired for his inability to distinguish between ‘low-lights’ and an ongoing pattern of abuse against Rutgers players.
Rice claims he’s sorry now . . that he’s ‘changed’. Yeah, he’s sorry he got caught, and he’s ‘changed’ because he’s unemployed now. He’s a great big liar. But he’ll get a job somewhere else, because he’s still got upside and that is always going to be the bottom line in a business that talks up academics, just as long as it coincides with banners and tournament appearances. I expect Rice will go about repairing his image by talking about the mistakes that were made and how he should have known better and how it’s time to move on. All the same hashed over language we were hearing from my state’s university, back when Jerry Sandusky was found to be a monster and Joe Pa was losing his sainthood status.
These Rutgers players deserved far better than they got. So did the alumni, the parents and yes . . the taxpayers. Because the truth is, these schools take our money and promise our kids the world, while offering precious little in return as far as transparency goes.
The names change all the time in big money college sports. Last year it was Sandusky, and this time it’s a bully named Mike Rice who gets tossed when the higher ups at Rutgers run out of rug to sweep all his dirty deeds under.
Rice will get a second chance somewhere else, and whatever. Just as long as his second chance doesn’t involve kids. Hey, if he really wants to stick with basketball (since he’s so good at throwing them) let him go professional and try his temper on for size with men who aren’t beholden to him for their scholarships.
See how that works out for him.