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A lot of people have been asking me about the Rutgers/Mike Rice situation ever since that video went viral. I know Mike Rice, as I do many of the Division I men's basketball coaches on the East Coast, as a perk from hosting many high school basketball showcase events around the country. I have never seen Mike Rice act in such a manner but of course I only have seen him in public settings.

The video was astounding and disturbing. I was definitely surprised, though. I knew Mike had a reputation for being overemotional loose cannon at times. That was evident just by watching him pace the sidelines on television.

Truthfully, I think many video coordinators were probably asked to review tapes of practices after the Mike Rice saga emerged. I'm sure quite an amount of videos have "disappeared" in the last two weeks. Perhaps, administrators have met with their coaches in the last two weeks and asked to see videos of practices or at least get in touch with their coaches and how they run practices. We surely haven't heard the last story of this sort.

Mike Rice is not the only perpetrator of offensive language, insults, and boorish behavior towards Division I college athletes. I know for fact that many coaches I know have viscous, over competitve sides and would not be surprised if they, too, have crossed the lines with yelling barrages or inappropriate comments. What I would be shocked to see or hear about is that other coaches have put their hands on players, kicked their players, thrown balls at their players, or push their players. John O’Connor, the defamed head coach at Holy Family University was canned two years ago for pushing and hitting a player. What anyone at Rutgers, from athletic director Tim Pernetti, to their legal counsel and private investigators, saw on that tape that couldn't make an immediate judgment that this coach needed to be fired immediately is beyond me. Really, I question if this university president can retain his job, too. It's incredible that Rutgers has lost three coaches in a row now due to behavioral issues. Their next hire better be the right one. Hopefully, something good will come out of this. But it seems amazing that the Penn State and Rutgers athletic departments have undergone scandals back-to-back with the nation watching. Not good. And why have we not heard from the Rutgers players themselves?

Phillies' fans, and rightfully so, are concerned that their dominant team of 2007-2011, may be past its prime and moving faster towards a last place National League finish than a first place one. Most of the cynicism is coming from a 3-5 start in which former Ace Roy Halladay has been blasted. He hasn't pitched like an all-star in over a year and he is making 20 million dollars this season. Ace lefthander Cole Hamels is the other main reason. He has gotten shelled in two starts, too. Ryan Howard seems the most likely to get out of his slump and get going towards a 35 homerun 125 RBI campaign. It says here, you can bank on that. Chase Utley is the season's brightest surprise, as he is playing as well as he did three years ago before knee injuries ruined a potential Hall of Fame career. It says here that regardless of what happens this season that this will be Charlie Manuel's last season with the club. It seems like the perfect time to have Ryne Sandberg take over the club. The Phils made their all-time biggest gaffe by trading Sandberg in 1981. Maybe they can finally be rewarded by having him start a great MLB career as a manager. But don't panic Philies' fans. This team is as good as you thought they are. I believe the Phillies will earn that second wild card and make the playoffs.

The Flyers and 76ers are in terrible shape. Contracts. Injuries. Front office mistakes. Maligned coaches. Stars not playing to potential. And very little hope for the immediate future. Fortunately, it looks like the Eagles are on the way up. There is not much to go after a 4-12 season. But breaking free of Andy Reid finally and starting the Chip Kelly regime is at least cause for excitement. And there isn't much of that with the Flyers, 76ers, or even Phillies right now. Amazingly, a report came out on April 11th that the 76ers are hoping that Doug Collins will quit on his own and forgo a nice sum of change by NOT coaching in 2013-2014. I find that hard to believe. Collins deserves a better fate. He has been a tremendous coach here and has had his players' backs. The Andrew Bynum trade is a disaster but it is not solely his fault. There is team management and a general manager involved. All the 76ers given up in the Bynum trade are doing tremendously well. Maybe Collins deserves some blame for that.

And why is that athletes seem to play better when they leave Philadelphia? The Flyers had goalies Ray Emery and Sergei Bobrovsky (Bob) gave both of them up and paid a huge long-term contract for Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov has been Ok; I would argue he's been better than that. But the team definitely panicked in acquiring him when they had a solid fellow Russian instead in Bobrovsky.

The Lower Merion-Chester high school boys’ basketball rivalry has become the best high school rivalry in the Delaware Valley. This was the 6th time in 19 years that the AAAA state title was decided between the two. Chester's string of three straight crowns was felled by the Aces in March.

The Full Treatment
Jeremy Treatman - Contributor

Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.


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