Rice's abrasive nature apparent early on in career
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By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH -- Jamie Dixon hired Mike Rice as an assistant at Pittsburgh in 2006, drawn by Rice's passion and ability to get into the living room of a prized recruit and close the deal.
The son of a coach cut very much from the same cloth that allowed his father, Mike Rice Sr., to carve out a career at Duquesne and Youngstown State, Rice's competitiveness was the stuff of legend.
It also came in a package that ...
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