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Rice has Rutgers striving for more

Players beginning to pick up on new coach's push for perfection

Updated: December 15, 2010, 11:46 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- No wonder Mike Rice is rail thin.

Rutgers' new coach was in near-constant motion Tuesday night -- never sitting during game action, only during timeouts. Instead, Rice paced up and down the sideline over and over again, imploring his team with flailing arms and a weary voice, hoarse even before the game began.

Rice was able to speak after Tuesday night's game -- a 79-65 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. But what came out of his mouth was a bit of a surprise.

"I ...

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