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Rutgers coach went too far, parents say

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The video is stunning: Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice seen manhandling his players at practice, verbally attacking them with anti-gay slurs, even throwing basketballs at them -- far from appropriate leadership.

The video has cost Rice his job.

"That kind of treatment is unacceptable," says Jorge Diaz. Athletically speaking, Diaz has played at the highest levels, spending four years in the NFL, three of them with the Bucs. He now spends his time on the diamond coaching in the Cross Bayou little league.

"You don't have to be a great coach or leader by how loud you cuss. It's about setting the best example you can," Diaz said.

When it comes to discipline, he says it's about being tough on the standard, not on the person.

"You've got to remind them that you're being tough on how they're going about doing things, not being tough on them. Because we're human, we're all going to make mistakes," he said.

Mike Rice has since expressed remorse for his actions in the video.

"There's no explanation for what's in that video. I was wrong," he told reporters.

Parents, even ones who want their children pushed, tell us there's a line that shouldn't be crossed.

"Sometimes, I think they need to be motivated, but when you're being rude and crude and actually putting your hands on someone, it's way too far," said Thomas Pife.

"That's not coaching, that's abuse," said Diaz.

Coaching he says, is showing someone how to get it done and helping them along the way. The ugly display at Rutgers is clearly not that.

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