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Michiana reacts to Rutgers Coach firing


Rutgers University men's basketball Coach Mike Rice has been fired.

Rice was let go after a video was released showing him shoving and throwing balls at players, as well as using gay slurs during practice.

The video sparked outrage on social media websites and even drew criticism from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

We wanted to know what people in Michiana thought about the video, whether the coach was just being tough, or crossed the line to cruel.

"It was definitely wrong. I thought he should have been fired on the spot," says Kevin Najacht of Osceola.

TJ Lawson of Osceola says, "A couple of the things he did was a little outrageous. There's no need for it. Especially when these kids are supposed to look up to you."

"There is a fine line between what's acceptable and what's not acceptable and when you see it, that's not acceptable," says Head Coach for the Bethel Men's basketball team, Mike Lightfoot.

Lightfoot says as a coach, he's had to get tough, and he's done his share of yelling.

"I think you have to have a parenting mentality where you're gonna get after them, and you're  gonna demand a lot and you're gonna wake them up from time to time."

But Lightfoot adds, there's a line you just can't cross. He says there are other ways to motivate players.

"I think I can get a lot more out of them by making them do other things than throwing balls at them. I think I can get angry and make them run or do something like that, that's gonna get their attention."

Lightfoot says each kid is different, and respond to coaching in different ways. Some kids, you don't have to say anything, just sit them out of the game and they'll get the message.

He says in Rice's case, it just seems like he lost it.  A sentiment shared by many people who watch the tape.

"It was just kinda shocking to me. I've never seen any coach do that to any type of player, no matter what the player did," says Najacht.

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