* Within an hour this morning, Seton Hall had fired Bobby Gonzalez and Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti had issued a statement announcing that Fred Hill would be back next year in Piscataway. If the situation at Seton Hall wasn't already a colossal mess, this report surfaced about Robert Mitchell being arrested for, among other offenses, duct-taping eight people in an attempted burglary.
I'm still trying to figure out why Seton Hall hired Gonzo in the first place and why they're surprised that his tenure unfolded the way it did.
* Fairfield is getting as much publicity as you can get for a CIT win. The Stags' 27-point comeback last night at George Mason is the biggest in postseason history and the biggest in Fairfield history. It's the Stags' first postseason victory since the 1973 NIT, and the first postsesaon win for a MAAC team not named Siena since Marist beat Oklahoma State in the NIT and Niagara beat Florida A&M in the NCAA tournament play-in game on March 13, 2007.
The Stags made Sportscenter -- not exactly a common occurence -- and Ed Cooley appeared on Mike Francesa's show on WFAN.
* The news on the Rider front is partly expected and partly surprising. Jermaine Jackson had long looked like a likely transfer, and his exit was all but assured after the infamous Facebook incident last month. The news that Carl Johnson is leaving is hardly earth-shattering, but wasn't a sure thing either.
All things considered, though, Rider has a chance to replace low-impact players with recruits with potential. The Broncs need someone capable of playing some minutes at point guard and wouldn't turn down a good big man. Their main focus will be on high school players, but don't be surprised if they take a transfer -- something they did two years ago (Jhamar Youngblood) and last year (DeShawn Mitchell).
* Princeton hosts Duquesne tonight in the CBI. It's the Tigers first postseason game since 2004. Ryan Feldman will be there covering for The Trentonian. The Dukes will be without their second leading scorer, forward Bill Clark, who coach Ron Everhart suspended for "conduct deemed unacceptable to the team."