The Sidelines: Former Rutgers coach Mike Rice discusses his downfall and redemption

FS1 college basketball insider Evan Daniels has had some of the biggest names in college basketball – from Mike Krzyzewski to Jay Wright and Roy Williams – on “The Sidelines Podcast” this season. But on Tuesday he welcomed a very unique guest: Former Rutgers coach Mike Rice.

Rice was famously fired in 2013 for abusive behavior towards players which was caught on tape. In this candid interview Rice discusses it all including:

  • His rise in coaching, which began alongside his father Mike Sr. (a former college coach and Portland Trailblazers announcer) and included a stop at Robert Morris before landing at Rutgers.
  • His downfall as the Scarlet Knights’ head coach. What led him to act the way he did? What were his initial reactions when he saw the video? And how long did it take him to realize how out of line his actions were?
  • How did he handle things when he got fired? Also, Rice details the latest chapters of his career, where he currently coaches both in high school and at the AAU level.
  • Finally, what has he learned from the incident? Is he a different coach today than he was while at Rutgers? And does he ever believe he’ll get the chance to work as a college head coach again?

Next up, Evan continues his series with high-profile mid-major coaches. After speaking with UNC-Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts last week, Middle Tennessee State’s Kermit Davis joins the show this week. The Blue Raiders are currently 20-4 and are seeking a second straight NCAA Tournament bid.

  • Davis recaps last year’s wild NCAA Tournament win over Michigan State and discusses what makes this year’s team – which has wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt – so special.
  • He also explains how he has gone about building the Blue Raiders into a mid-major powerhouse. What goes into recruiting at a small school? And why what works at Middle Tennessee might not work else where.
  • Finally Davis weighs in on what it will take for Middle Tennessee to get back to the tournament this year, and if they can once again do damage.

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