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Rutgers Basketball Coach Rice Back From Suspension

Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice has returned to the court after a three-game, 16-day suspension for inappropriate behavior and language.

Rutgers mens basketball head coach Mike Rice
Rutgers mens basketball head coach Mike Rice (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Rice held a walk-through session with his team Saturday. He was suspended without pay and fined $50,000 on Dec. 13 for a violation of athletic department policy.

Rice says: “I may not be perfect, but I know I’m going to change and improve.”

Rutgers (9-2) went 3-0 under associate head coach David Cox, capped by a 68-56 win over Rider on Friday. Rice will be back on the bench Wednesday when Rutgers opens Big East Conference play at No. 9 Syracuse.

Rice is in his third season at Rutgers after coming over from Robert Morris, where he led the school to two straight NCAA tournaments in 2009 and 2010.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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