Now that the weekend is over and we are close to officially having a new men's basketball coach, let's get caught up on the details of everything that is going on. The formal approval for the hiring of Steve Pikiell and the press conference to make it official will take place tomorrow.
New Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell will be introduced at a Tuesday press conference in Piscataway.— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) March 19, 2016
The Rutgers Board of Governors will meet at 9 am Tuesday to presumably rubber stamp Pikiell's appointment. Presser time still TBD.— Keith Sargeant (@KSargeantNJ) March 19, 2016
We wrote about the hiring of Pikiell here, discussed why Pikiell is the full package as a coach, and wrote about what more needs to be done here. As word trickled out about Pikiell becoming the next coach at Rutgers over the weekend, much was written and tweeted about online. Here are notable links and tweets on the new head coach of Rutgers basketball.
Jerry Carino details the expected contract for Pikiell, stating 5 years at 1.6 million annually.
Carino discusses how well coach Pikiell's teams have ranked on the defensive end the past few seasons.
He goes on to list the top five priorities for the new coach, including keeping Corey Sanders.
Carino highlights a local endorsement for Pikiell in this article.
Adam Zagoria discusses top priorities for Pikiell with his mentor and former UCONN coach Jim Calhoun.
Steve Politi also spoke with Calhoun, who is confident Pikiell can turn Rutgers basketball around.
Keith Sargeant breaks down ten things to know about Pikiell.
Tara Sullivan discusses Pikiell's tenacity here and
Here is Tom Dienhart's take from the Big Ten Network.
New Jersey High School coaches give advice as to what is needed on the recruiting trail for Rutgers to be successful.
If you are looking for a good profile on Pikiell from those that knew him when, click here.
Ryan Dunleavy takes a look at the agent for both Pikiell and Rutgers football coach Chris Ash.
Coach Pikiell is making introductions today
This afternoon Steve Pikiell is meeting with Rutgers' players and then coaches & staff. Will be formally introduced tomorrow afternoon.— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) March 21, 2016
Stony Brook senior star Jameel Warney reacts to word on his coach leaving for Rutgers
Damn— Jameel Warney (@Fullcoursemeelz) March 19, 2016
Jerry Carino give his stamp of approval
I know Rutgers fans have doubts, but this is a good hire: Pikiell coached up Stony Brook. Recruited for UConn. Good guy. Checks all boxes.— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) March 19, 2016
Rutgers Radio Play By Play Man Chris Carlin gives some insight
Gotten many unsolicited texts on how good a coach Steve Pikiell is. Most commonly used word to describe him: "grinder." #RHoops.— Chris Carlin (@ChrisCarlinSNY) March 20, 2016
Bergen Record Writer Tara Sullivan gives feedback on Pikiell
Don't know Steve Pikiell at all, so trying to talk to some people who do. Wow, do they love him. Jim Calhoun raved.— tara sullivan (@Record_Tara) March 19, 2016
Facts are facts
Stony Brook has gone 119-48 over last 5 years under Pikiell.— Keith Sargeant (@KSargeantNJ) March 19, 2016
Zags gives a thumbs up to the news
Steve Pikiell to Rutgers. Solid hire. Just took Stony Brook to its first Dance. @StevePoliti had it first.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 19, 2016
ESPN analyst and former coach Fran Fraschilla endorses Pikiell
Thrilled for Steve Pikiell. Have watched him work up close at Stony Brook. He will grind everyday at Rutgers. Exactly what is needed there.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) March 19, 2016
Iowa basketball beat writer in a tweet from 3 years ago, on who Rutgers should have hired back then
If I were leading Rutgers, I'd check out Stony Brook Coach Steve Pikiell. Very good coach, done a tremendous job with the program.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) April 4, 2013
PR man and Rutgers alumnus Jon Newman already giving marketing tips
Our own Dave White is happy again
Not a flashy hire, but a very good one in my opinion. His teams defend and he has recruited at UConna and GW. #rhoops— Dave White (@Dave_White) March 19, 2016
Tara Sullivan giving a shout out to AD Pat Hobbs
Again, by all accounts, very impressed w/job Hobbs doing in selling these RU openings. Nice to have adult back in charge after Hermann yrs.— tara sullivan (@Record_Tara) March 19, 2016
We will have full coverage tomorrow regarding the press conference to announce the hiring of new Rutgers men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell.