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Rutgers Men's Basketball Coach Steve Pikiell's Pens Letter To Fans

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Apparently Steve Pikiell "gives a crap" about what fans think, unlike his predecessor Eddie Jordan.  In a move that has become commonplace under the leadership of athletic director Pat Hobbs, Pikiell sent an introductory/thank you letter to fans today.  Aside from all that entails a basketball coach to be successful on the court, Hobbs now has the type of coach he wanted to be the face of the men's basketball program.  The letter that was emailed will surely be the first of many attempts by Pikiell to change the dynamic between the team and loyal supporters of the program. Transparency, appreciation, and open communication will likely be traits of the Pikiell era under the direction of Hobbs. Despite any rumors, this letter did in fact go out to many.

Sorry Dave, I got one and so did many other Rutgers alumni and fans! Haha. In case any OTB readers did not receive, here is the letter as I received it from coach Steve Pikiell:

To view a web version of this message, click here

R Hoops Fans,

I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the young men of the Rutgers Men’s Basketball Team. During my many trips up and down the New Jersey Turnpike, I always knew Rutgers was a place I wanted to be. This is a University with so much potential and I know it is just waiting to explode, and I am excited to be a part of it.

We have an opportunity to build something very special here. I will work diligently to create a Men’s Basketball program that will make the entire University and the state of New Jersey proud. It will take all of us here at Rutgers, the band and cheerleaders, the faculty and staff, the fans, the community and you, to help us build a championship culture.

Each day I am on campus, it becomes more apparent to me that the Rutgers community is one of the most passionate and dedicated I have seen in my career. I promise that our young men will come out and work every day to reflect that same passion and dedication both on and off of the court.

My family and I are so excited to join the Rutgers community. We look forward to meeting all of you and seeing your faces in the stands as we pack the RAC.

Now let’s dance!



Steve Pikiell

Head Men’s Basketball Coach