If you were wondering what Geno Auriemma’s view was on the situation at Rutgers surrounding men’s basketball coach Mike Rice, fired Wednesday for physically and verbally abusing his players, here’s what he said a few minutes ago on the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four conference call:
Rice was fired just one day after ESPN aired video footage of him physically and verbally abusing his players during practice.
“I know each coach has their own line that they think is the acceptable line,’’ Auriemma said. “And that maybe varies by how a coach perceives how they need to coach to get their team to be successful.
“And maybe some coaches are on that line. Some coaches try to stay below that line. I can’t speak for others, for sure. And, believe me, I’ve acted like an idiot at practice more times than I can ever, ever recount. But some of the stuff that I saw …
“I’ve got a friend whose son is on that staff so, obviously, it’s difficult for me thinking about it. But if what I saw is accurate, and I would assume it is, there is no line that could be drawn that would make that behavior acceptable. I don’t know where you would draw the line that you could say, `Well, we were on the line or below the line.’
“From what I’ve seen, that behavior is the kind of behavior that … My son played college basketball. I would not want any of my kids or anybody to be put in that situation. Ever.’’