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UNION, N.J. -- There were days, not so long ago, when Mike Rice wondered whether he would ever coach in basketball again.

After all, Rice was fired by Rutgers in 2013 after he was caught on videotape hurling basketballs and homophobic slurs at his players. Amid a scandal that made headlines across America and triggered a national debate about what constitutes abusive behavior by coaches at all levels, Rice was even lampooned by Melissa McCarthy on "Saturday Night Live."

"I'm always a positive thinker, but yes there were questions," Rice told me Saturday night.

Tags: Mike Rice, St. Patrick's, Adam Zagoria
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There are three heavy favorites to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in March: St. Anthony's, St. Patrick's and Roselle Catholic.

Two of those "Big Three" will meet in the span of four days when St. Pat's (10-3) and Roselle Catholic (10-3) essentially play a home-and-home series on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m.) at Rahway High School (where St. Pat's plays its home games) and on Saturday night at Roselle Catholic (7 p.m.).

By Saturday night, fans of Garden State high school hoops may have a clearer picture of where the TOC favorites stand, although St. Anthony's already owns a 60-56 win over St. Pat's at the Dan Finn Classic and remains unbeaten on the season. The Friars are ranked No. 4 nationally by USA Today.

Tags: Andre Rafus, Mike Rice, Naz Reid, Nick Richards, Roselle Catholic, St. Patrick's, Adam Zagoria
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St. Patrick's lost two games in two days over the weekend by a combined 8 points.

The Celtics fell to St. Anthony's, 60-56, on Saturday in the Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City. After traveling up to Springfield, Mass., on Sunday, St. Pat's then lost a tough one to La Lumiere (IN), 62-58, in OT because junior Brian Bowen went off for 29 points.

So on Tuesday night, the Celtics got a visit from a special guest.

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Mike Rice, St. Patrick's, Adam Zagoria
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Mike Rice will coach St. Patrick's against St. Anthony's on Saturday in the Dan Finn Classic. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Mike Rice will coach St. Patrick's against St. Anthony's on Saturday in the Dan Finn Classic. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

UNION, N.J. -- During St. Anthony's 88-27 destruction of Red Bank Catholic on Sunday at Kean University's Harwood Arena, Mike Rice sat courtside alongside several other college coaches.

Whereas a couple of years ago, Rice might have been scouting St. Anthony's in order to recruit players for the Rutgers men's basketball team, now he was scouting them in a new role.

As the coach of The Patrick School, Rice will go head-to-head with his friend, Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley, and his team on Saturday afternoon in the Dan Finn Classic at the Jersey City Armory.

Tags: Daniel Mading, Mike Rice, Nick Richards, St. Anthony's, St. Patrick's
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In what could turn out to be a George Costanza-style worlds-colliding moment, the current and former coaches of The Patrick School could square off later this month in the prestigious City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.

The current coach is none other than former Rutgers coach Mike Rice, while the former coach is Kevin Boyle, now the head man at Montverde (FL) Academy, the No. 1 team in the nation according to USA Today. The two schools are on opposite sides of the bracket for the event which runs Dec. 18-23.

"The interesting thing is that there is a chance we play them in the City of Palms," Boyle said Wednesday on The 4 Quarters Podcast. "We're on one side of the bracket, and they're on the other side of the bracket and I think they have an excellent chance of getting to the championship. We probably have a harder road than them."

Tags: Kevin Boyle, Mike Rice, Montverde Academy, St. Patrick's, Adam Zagoria
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Former Rutgers coach Mike Rice was his first game Saturday night as interim head coach at St. Patrick's High School, beating Miami (FL) Norland at the City of Palms Classic. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Rutgers coach Mike Rice was his first game Saturday night as interim head coach at St. Patrick's High School, beating Miami (FL) Norland at the City of Palms Classic. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Rutgers coach Mike Rice is back on the sidelines.

Rice is now the interim head coach at The Patrick School in Elizabeth, N.J., the school that produced current NBA players Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, among others.

The news was first reported by SNY.tv on Sunday afternoon, with ESPN later giving credit.

Tags: Mike Rice, St. Patrick's, Rutgers University, Adam Zagoria
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