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Pitt junior forward Derrick Randall has filed a lawsuit against Rutgers, alleging that he was “chronically and heinously targeted and abused, both physically and psychologically” by former Scarlet Knights basketball coach Mike Rice, according to a report by the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger.

The Star-Ledger story also provided links to lawsuit documents.

Here is an ESPN report showing video of Rice physically and verbally abusing Rutgers players at practice.

Randall transferred to Pitt from Rutgers following the scandal that prompted Rice’s firing last April, and received an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility. Randall endured a difficult year aside from the abuse, as his mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer last spring.

Rice spent the 2006-07 season as a Pitt assistant coach under Jamie Dixon, and three seasons as head coach at Robert Morris.

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Kevin Gorman is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media who covers the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, college and prep sports in an interactive, multimedia platform. His family roots to Pittsburgh run four generations deep, a story steeped in the city’s history. His ancestors worked in the steel mill and on the railroad, invented Austin’s household products and walked the beat as a city cop. A street in Oakland is named for his great-grandfather, who was a Pittsburgh Police captain. That street, as pictured, was the inspiration for the name of this blog. Gorman joined the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in August 1999, became a sports columnist in September 2009 and has won multiple Pennsylvania Newspaper Association awards for his sports columns. He has covered the Steelers in the Super Bowl and Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final, the Pirates in the Major League Baseball playoffs, as well as the MLB All-Star Game, the U.S. Open at Oakmont, the Rose, Capital One, Citrus and Sun bowls, the ACC, Big East and NCAA basketball tournaments and WPIAL and PIAA championship events. Gorman has been the beat writer for Pitt football and men’s and women’s basketball, and has covered high school sports and recruiting. He served as color analyst for FSN Pittsburgh/Root Sports for the WPIAL football and basketball championships and as guest analyst for the Trib Total Media High School Edition. A graduate of Baldwin High School and Penn State University, Gorman has worked at newspapers in Memphis, Phoenix, Dallas and Kansas City. He has a son, Kieran, and comes from a large Irish-Catholic family whose roots are in Oakland, Greenfield and Mt. Washington. Don’t be surprised if you run into one of his cousins; considering there are more than 100, be surprised if you don’t. Email kgorman@tribweb.com or follow on Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

 
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