Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Rutgers search focuses on three
By Andy Katz
Rutgers is moving ahead with its search to replace Fred Hill and has momentarily focused on current ESPN analyst and former St. John's, Manhattan and New Mexico coach Fran Fraschilla, former Boston College coach Al Skinner and Robert Morris coach Mike Rice, according to multiple sources.
All three are expected to talk to Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti this week.
On Tuesday, multiple media reports indicated former Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, a Rutgers alumnus, withdrew his name from consideration.
Other media reports indicated Temple's Fran Dunphy was also a serious candidate. It would be surprising to see Dunphy move to the cellar-dwelling Scarlet Knights since he hasn't left Philadelphia in his head coaching career and has revived the Temple Owls into an A-10 contender and NCAA tournament team.
Fraschilla is extremely well-connected in the New York area and would likely recruit well right away. Fraschilla had St. John's heading toward a high level before his abrupt departure.
Skinner would be a well-respected hire in the Big East, where he won coach of the year honors twice. He is BC's all-time winningest coach. UNC's Roy Williams and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski have called on his behalf.
Rice took Robert Morris to two straight NCAA tournaments after winning the NEC championship. RMU nearly knocked off Villanova in the first round of the NCAA tournament this season. Rice, 41, is the youngest of the three candidates.
Rutgers is facing a major rebuilding effort after Hill was fired and star Mike Rosario transferred to Florida.
Rutgers is also a potential candidate for possible Big Ten expansion in the coming years.