NCAAB Update – Who will be the one to replace Rice as HC of Rutgers

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NCAAB Update- Rutgers fired head coach Mike Rice Wednesday morning. Rice was caught on Camera video of mistreatment of players was released in a story on Outside the Lines Tuesday. Who will replace him as the head coach?

NCAAB UpdateGood thing college players don’t have a union to protect them from abuse like this or the other things that universities use them for. Rutgers needs to clean house. Anybody that had something to do with the three game suspension and $50k fine needs to be out looking for new employment.

Unlike most offseason coaching moves, most don’t come with a firestorm of this magnitude. Rutgers is moving to the Big Ten in 2014 so it’s especially important the next coach is able to handle a smooth transition into one of the premier conferences in the nation. However, the coaching search itself could take longer than usual, as athletic director Tim Pernetti could also be fired for not doing enough initially to handle the situation.

Rutgers has some decisions to make. It could go with a coach who is well-respected and with much experience as they make the transition into the Big Ten. Eddie Jordan seems to be the most likely fit at the moment, as he has a wealth of experience in both the NBA and college ranks, is a Rutgers alum, and has clout at all levels of the game. Our Andy Katz also suggested coaches like Jay Wright, Al Skinner, and even Ben Howland could be considered. Adam Zagoria suggests Paul Hewitt, Seth Greenberg, and Fran Fraschilla could be considered, among others. They could also go with someone with less experience, who could help invigorate a program that accompanied mediocrity on the court with this scandal off it. In that case, Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley would probably be at the top of that section of the list.

It will also be important to take note of who will be transferring in and out of Rutgers as the dust settles. Already rising junior Jerome Seagears has announced he’ll transfer. We’ll continue to update this post with more as the search goes on.

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