Multiple reports surfaced this week that former Rutgers running back Ray Rice was accepting an assistant coach position at his alma mater — New Rochelle (N.Y.) High School.
Although Rice plans to continue helping out when he can, he will not join the team in an official capacity because the former Rutgers running back failed to meet qualifications required by state law.
In order to be a high school coach in New York, one must obtain a coaching license, be certified in adult CPR, and there can’t be any certified teachers with appropriate experience and qualifications available for the position. There are several other criteria, including passing an FBI background check, which USA Today explains here.
Until Rice completes these things, he can’t even serve as a voluntary assistant. New Rochelle coach Lou DiRienzo made clear this week that while Rice is indeed volunteering, it’s strictly on an unofficial basis.
“Everything is the same,” DiRienzo said, according to LoHud.com. “Ray’s been volunteering and mentoring these kids and training these kids and coaching these kids and on the sidelines on Saturdays.
“He’s been a volunteer for the last three years. He just happens to have more time in his schedule now.”