Re "FBI probing ex-Rutgers aide" (Sports, April 7): In a criminal court the abusive behavior of Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice would be a mere misdemeanor: Small fine, unsupervised probation and an anger management program.
The university acted quickly after viewing the film; suspension without pay an a $50,000 penalty (totaling nearly $75,000), required an anger management program and monitored subsequent practices.
The coach's actions were wrong and inappropriate. He was disciplined. There is no evidence this behavior continued after discipline.
Unfortunately it is not rare for coaches in big-time college sports to subject their athletes to such behavior plus threats to their scholarships. Of greater harm than the acts by these coaches is the media's handling of this story and successful demands for blood.
This coach was very wrong. The university responded. The story is four months old. Is this really news or a 24/7 pursuit of ratings and advertising dollars?
-- Frank Horowitz, Sacramento