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Rice’s Road Back

Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN; 10 a.m. ESPN2; Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN)

Outside the Lines 25th Anniversary Special (Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m., ESPN)

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John Barr and Mike Rice

In 2013, then-Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice made headlines when video of him physically and verbally abusing his players went viral. Rice’s coaching tactics shocked the nation, cost him his job and changed the way other NCAA coaches have interacted with their teams. Now, more than two years removed from the scandal, Rice is still traveling the road back to redemption. And, as he tells John Barr in an extensive and at times emotional interview, he’s still hopeful that college basketball will want him back.

“When I did see the tape for the first time, I called Mike and said, ‘Well, you know you’re gettin’ fired, right?'”  — Rob Kennedy, president of Hoop Group, on his reaction after seeing video of his friend, Mike Rice, abusing his Rutgers players

“Somebody’s gotta believe in Mike Rice and his changes and things that he’s done to, you know, develop and improve himself.” – Mike Rice on hoping to land a college coaching job


Around the World in 7 Days

SportsCenter (Sunday 10 a.m., 11p.m., multiple shows throughout the day)

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The grueling World Marathon Challenge – 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents  –appeals to the most dedicated endurance athletes. And to Ted Jackson. The spirited 42-year-old Englishman is a husband, father, school housemaster and opera singer. Though he prides himself on nominal training and the virtues of junk food, Jackson competed for a cause and was committed to completing the challenge. Jeremy Schaap reports for SC Featured on Jackson’s remarkable week around the world.

“Absolutely, make it harder for yourself. Anybody can do it if you train.” – Ted Jackson, on why he doesn’t train

“You know, he’s not the fittest man.” Alabama Jackson, Ted Jackson’s daughter

“It was a hammer blow. You just think we have plans, you know and what does this mean?  And if you go on the internet, it’s just doom and gloom.” – Ted Jackson, on learning of his wife’s illness


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Seen this week on FrontRow

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Bob Holtzman with U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan.

Bob Holtzman readies for a live shot. (Photo courtesy Bob Holtzman)

Bob Holtzman, SportsCenter’s U.S. Women’s National Team “beat” reporter, has been one of nearly a dozen ESPN reporters in Canada who have provided extensive coverage from each of the participating World Cup teams. He described to Front Row what the experience has been like.


Why Lindsay Davenport is Applauding Andy Murray


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Former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport, now coaching Madison Keys, hopes that Andy Murray has started a trend in which gender is taken out of the coaching equation. Mark Hodgkinson reports.


Sports Reporters

This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)


John Saunders, Israel Gutierrez, Jeremy Schaap, Gene Wojciechowski

*Subject to change