Mike Rice hasn't coached there in two years.Yes. Jimmy is the Director of Basketball Operations. I think it is his 3rd season and he is a nice guy. I am glad that VCU plucked him out of the 9 to 5 world to get him back into the basketball profession.
I don't have access to the Atlantic article so I don't know if any of the following was mentioned. The younger Martelli was caught up in the Mike Rice firestorm at Rutgers several years back. I was living in NJ at the time and I remember thinking maybe Rice and Martelli (he was on tape doing some of the same things as Rice) were a bit over the top,but similar things occurred in my younger days as a player as well. Times change and people can too. Glad Jimmy is back in the game, and I think its time Rice gets another chance as well. He's done a good job at ST. Patricks (a NJ parochial power) and working with Hoop Scoop to develop players. He can coach and is well connected player wise in the metro NY area. To me,if you bring him on as an assistant, the potential reward outweighs the risk.