An interesting petition has been making its way around the internet. Signatures are happening. And, rumor has it, people are noticing.
The minutes from a meeting discussing the Rice suspension were gathered by the Ledger. It's an interesting read.
Barchi is an idiot. Dumping Pernetti basically forces Barchi to resign too, since he either blessed the suspension w/o paying attention OR lied about seeing the tape - there's really no other possibility. What an idiot. Protecting Pernetti and letting him land a big fish coach to change the news cycle was their only hope.
Rutgers soph PG Jerome Seagears (@SEAGEARS_MADE) will be departing the program and have 2 years of eligibility remaining.— Jacey Zembal (@JaceyZembal) April 2, 2013
The Seagears transfer is a surprise and a major blow... and it could be just the start. Brendan Prunty wrote that little used wing Vincent Garrett will transfer as well.
A source tells me that Malick Kone is transferring out of Rutgers & Ibby Djimde is transferring out of Illinois.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) March 29, 2013
As first reported by Alex Kline, Malk Kone is transferring from Rutgers. The wing position has been filled by Mike Poole and now incoming JUCOs Craig Brown and Chris Griffin. There wasn't much room left for Kone after that. Now Rutgers has another scholarship open and is still recruiting Lennard Freeman and Jon Severe. Rivals reporter Matt Hladik also said on the Scarlet Nation message board there may be another transfer, but it's not expected to be a major player.
Rutgers' season is over. Citing guard exhaustion and some nagging injuries, Mike Rice announced his team won't be participating in a post season tournament for the 7th straight year. The Scarlet Knights appeared to be close to turning the corner, after two wins over bottom feeders and a very good second half against Notre Dame. However, one tends to wonder if some more games would have helped this team's development. Now the nagging question, did Rutgers get better this year?
DePaul Cathoic's Justin Nelson becomes Rutgers' first in-state recruit for the 2014. It's been a while since Florida's Josh Hicks came on board - RU's first commits have tended to be good ones including Mo Sanu, Betim Bujari, Ruhan Peele and Anthony Cioffi. Nelson is well respected in the Northern NJ circles and is close with a few big names that Flood will need to keep in state. Word is that, similar to 2013, many top NJ recruits are looking out of state. However, some of those dynamics could change pending a combination of 1) Campanile's hopeful growth into an ace recruiter; and 2) the right recruit can take a big leadership role in attracting other 2014 classmates (and of course, winning). Nelson seems to be all in on Rutgers, and he's here early enough to get in a lot of ears. Welcome to the Banks.
And keep the Big East name. And maybe the Garden. Meanwhile, Rutgers will be stuck in the Schlubby Schlub Schlub Conference for a year... and maybe not even have a conference tournament. Maybe they can find a way into the B1G next year.
Mike Rice is still the head coach of Rutgers basketball. Most expect him to still be that coach next year, but that doesn't stop the rumblings from starting. An editorial out of Providence speculated the URI coach is on his way to the banks after this season is over.