Fired Rutgers Coach Still Gets His $100K Bonus

Mike Rice made it through the season, guaranteeing him bonus

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 4, 2013 11:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mike Rice may have been fired by Rutgers University for abusing his players, but he's still got a $100,000 bonus coming his way, reports the AP. That's in addition to the $622,500 he received as his regular salary in 2012, as part of a five-year deal Rice signed last year. The bonus was contingent on him completing the 2012-2013 season, which he did; Rice would not have received the bonus had he been fired in December when the school administration first reviewed the damning video of Rice's behavior. An athletic department rep confirms the bonus will be paid.

Rice has apologized for the abuse, but so far the school's athletes have been ordered to keep quiet, reports Lizzie Crocker for the Daily Beast. "I can’t say anything," one male athlete told Crocker as he hurried away. "But I can throw a basketball in your face!" One football player was more polite, saying "Our coach just told us not to talk to the media."

Rutgers head coach Mike Rice reacting to a play during the first half of a basketball game against South Florida on Jan. 17, 2013.
Rutgers head coach Mike Rice reacting to a play during the first half of a basketball game against South Florida on Jan. 17, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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