MOON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Robert Morris University has released its findings on an internal investigation into former Colonials’ head basketball coach, Mike Rice.
The investigation was prompted by allegations of alleged “coaches-versus-player brawls” during Rice’s time at RMU by the former director of player development at Rutgers University, Eric Murdock.
According to a news release from RMU on the results of the internal investigation, a former player said in an interview with school officials that Rice “directed homophobic slurs to him and ‘once or twice’ threw a basketball in the direction of a player.”
RMU Athletic Director Craig Coleman and his senior staff conducted the investigation, which included interviews, testimonials and a review of comments documented in news reports and on social media.
In an interview with 93-7 The Fan, Colman said, “regardless of the outcome of the investigation… our job is to look inwardly and say ‘what can we learn from what happened [at Rutgers], and how can we make this a better place?'”
The university reports that they conducted 17 interviews; five with current RMU players who played under Rice, seven former players, three current and former coaching staff members and two training staff members.
Listen to The Fan’s interview with RMU Athletic Director Craig Colman: