Ray Rice not joining NY high school coaching staff
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Another story about Ray Rice joining a high school football coaching staff turns out to be false.
News 12 Westchester County reported that Kevin Devaney Jr. tweeted the former Rutgers running back was hired as the new running back coach at New Rochelle High School after volunteering at the school for the past three years.
School district spokeswoman Nicole Feller told New Jersey 101.5 that the the principal and superintendent both said he had not been hired. Rice has been a volunteer coach for his alma mater's team for the past two seasons, according to Seller.
A report in April about the former Rutgers great taking a similar position with Don Bosco High School in Ramsey also turned out to be false. Head coach Mike Teel told CBS Philly that Rice was a good friend from college and “he came and spoke to my team today about right choices.”
Teel was quarterback for the Scarlett Knights with Rice between 2005 and 2007.
Rice joined the Ravens in 2008 and played with the team until 2014 when video surfaced of him punching his wife in the elevator at the Revel casino in Atlantic City. The charges were dropped after he went through court-supervised counseling, but Rice has not returned to the pros.
Rice was inducted into New Rochelle's Walk of Fame in May, according to CBS New York. "I thank you all for judging the man I’m becoming and not the football player I was,” Rice said in a speech.
Why the speculation about Rice? Chris Swendeman, co-host of the New "Jersey" Guys podcast, said of the false reports: "My feeling is that it's non-sports outlets trying to get the jump on local sports writers/media and their so-called sources are not anywhere near reliable. Or, even worse, they take 'sources' from postings on social media, such as Twitter."
Kevin Williams of the Shore Sports Network said, "Clearly he is not getting a chance in the NFL and if he wants to stay in football in some capacity it would likely be as a coach on the high school or college level."
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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