“One of my moles is watching Mike Rice coach 12 year old girls at Holmdel High in NJ right now,” tweeted basketball writer Brian Geltzeiler on Sunday. “As crazy as ever, yelling [at] both refs and kids.
“Just this afternoon, Rice told a 12 year old girl, ‘I can’t even look at you’, and the ref told my guy he would have T’d him up twice if it was high school.”
Hold on a second – wasn’t April Fool’s Day just a couple of weeks ago?
“I’m not joking. Mike Rice is actually coaching a 7th grade girls AAU team today and he’s still acting like a mad man.
“It’s insane that Mike Rice is coaching a 7th grade girls AAU team out of Neptune NJ 2 weeks after those tapes went public.”
Rice, of course, was the men’s basketball coach at Rutgers University until ESPN showed a tape of him abusing players, verbally and physically; he was dismissed within 24 hours of that film being broadcast.
As for Holmdel High School, it’s the home of the Lady Hornets girls basketball team, whose season ended earlier this spring. But what Geltzeiler actually speaks of is a seventh-grade Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team that was apparently in action at Holdmel High on Sunday. “Was texting with a friend while he was watching it happen,” he tweeted. “His daughter was on the other team.”
The only available schedule for the 7th grade AAU squad was from last year, but as it turns out, a legitimate game was in progress. While searching through public posts on Facebook, I came across one from what appears to be a mother of one of the girls “at an AAU tournament,” and – well, here, read it and weep:
More: “Was just told that Rice has had this AAU 7th grade girls gig while he was coaching Rutgers. Has been the coach all season,” tweets Geltzeiler.
Further details on this as they become available. In the meantime, here are all of Brian Geltzeiler’s tweets in question from Sunday re: Mike Rice: