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Preemptive whining

As per yesterday, Mike Rosario's future is still up in the air (Tom Luicci's take is very different). Fred Hill Jr. looks like a goner, but Mike Vorkunov reports that the leading candidate to replace Hill is... Mike Rice?

Rice's name is somewhat intriguing, and he'd be a certain upgrade over Hill, but who at this point wouldn't be? It doesn't look good to hire a coach that Seton Hall and Fordham passed on. Like Kevin Willard, he's a candidate who really needs to spent a few successful years at an intermediate level job before jumping to ta major conference. The best reason to roll the dice would be if Rice can somehow stem the looming defections. Not landing a good hire delays the rebuilding process EVEN LONGER. Who wants to be looking for a coach with Seton Hall again in five years?

For what it's worth, Jon Rothstein of MSG/ESPN NY has a completely different take.

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.

Tara Sullivan is floating Skinner too. Brian Lewis says Rice, Greenberg, Fraschilla (an odd name considering the events of the past few days, as he's burned out similar to Hill in the past), and Jim O'Brien?!?!?! If Skinner's the guy, then maybe this ends up being a redux of how Pernetti got the job in the first place, with the right move happening for the wrong reason.