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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fred Hill out at Rutgers

Fred Hill is out as Rutgers men's basketball coach.

According to a report at, the coach reached a financial settlement with school officials today and will inform his team in a 3 p.m. meeting that he's no longer the coach.

The school was reportedly looking to fire Hill with cause after an outburst last week at a Rutgers-Pitt baseball game. Athletic director Tim Pernetti announced last month that Hill would be back next year despite having completed his fourth straight losing season.

But the outburst and what has been described as subsequent insubordination prompted Pernetti to consider firing Hill with cause, which would have allowed the school to avoid paying Hill the $1.8 million remaining on his contract.

According to the MyCentralJersey report, a formal announcement is expected as soon as this afternoon from Pernetti. The report lists former Boston College and Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien, former St. John's coach and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, former Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio, Rhode Island coach Jim Baron and Temple coach Fran Dunphy as candidates to replace Hill.

Rutgers will join Seton Hall, St. John's and DePaul among Big East schools with coaching changes.


Anonymous tmd39 said...

Mike Rice would be the best fit for the program. Young, feisty, good recruiter. The last thing they need is to go the retread route.

BTW, I don't want to get in the way of the Fairfield news and all, but some updates on RT at Portsmouth would seem to be more in line with the target audience.

April 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM 
Blogger Ben said...


The target audience is MAAC fans, so the Fairfield stuff is relevant. However, as you were leaving this comment, I was posting a quite lengthy RT update, which is now up.


April 8, 2010 at 7:43 PM 
Anonymous Beagle said...

If Rutgers is smart they would give Cooley whatever he wanted

April 9, 2010 at 12:01 AM 
Anonymous tmd39 said...

I was just kidding with you. You are a Fairfield alum, so it's only natural that you would slant that way, ever so slightly.

April 9, 2010 at 12:02 PM 
Blogger Ben said...

Just trying to keep every fan happy, TMD. Not always an easy task! In any case, we'll do our best to keep tabs on RT.

April 9, 2010 at 12:31 PM 
Blogger Bryan Y. said...

Plus, this team blows so badly it's hard to slant things their way. Seriously, we must have one of the longer NCAA tourney droughts going, going on what 15-16 years?

April 9, 2010 at 12:37 PM 

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