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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Changes likely coming at Rutgers

By Jon Rothstein

Another domino seems ready to fall.

An offseason that has been highlighted by a plethora of coaching changes seems to have another one looming on the horizon, as it appears Rutgers head basketball coach Fred Hill will be removed as early as the end of this week, according to several reports.

Members of the Scarlet Knights coaching staff told confidants on Wednesday that they expected a change after Hill was involved in an incident last week at a Rutgers-Pitt baseball game. After the incident, Hill was reportedly told by Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti to stay away from the game the following day, but Hill opted to attend anyway.

The chance to remove Hill with cause could be an easy way for Pernetti to make a change, something he consulted many parties on during the season before opting to keep Hill due to his $1.8 million dollar buyout that comes with termination.

Rutgers showed growth this past season, highlighted by a win over Georgetown on Feb. 14. Next year a solid nucleus is slated to return, highlighted by rising junior guard Mike Rosario.

Rosario, according to reports, is said to be seeking a release so he can transfer from Rutgers. But Pernetti has told confidants he knows any short-term success for the program hinges on the former St. Anthony's (Jersey City, N.J.) star returning.

Possible replacements for Hill are former Boston College head coach Al Skinner, ESPN's Fran Fraschilla, and Robert Morris head coach Mike Rice.

Sources indicate that Rice is a longshot, since he interviewed for the vacant position at Seton Hall a few weeks ago before the Pirates hired Kevin Willard.