Rutgers fired coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice.

The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," prompted criticism from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and the head of the New Jersey Assembly called for Rice to be fired.

With growing criticism, the college relieved Rice of his duties after three largely unsuccessful seasons. There will be a national search to replace him.