A closer look at some new local coaches

August, 28, 2010
As we inch closer and closer to college hoops season, I thought I'd share a couple of excellent pieces written recently by my ESPN colleagues:

-- Andy Katz, on new Rutgers coach Mike Rice -- who said, "There's no question, I'm getting this done."

-- Dana O'Neil, on new Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard -- the anti-Bobby Gonzalez.

Also, Nina Mandell wrote a good piece about the coaching staff that Steve Lavin has assembled at St. John's.

The upcoming battles between these three local Big East schools -- both on the court and on the recruiting trail -- should be fascinating to watch.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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