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Two of the three members of the 2013 Rutgers men’s basketball recruiting class have wavered their commitments, according to The Newark Star-Ledger. Shane Rector and Chris Griffin have both re-opened their recruitment in the wake of former head coach Mike Rice’s firing from the University. Rector, a three-star point guard according to Rivals.com out of South Kent (Conn.) Prep, originally committed to the Scarlet Knights over offers from Providence, Massachusetts, Dayton and Towson among others.
A former Robert Morris men’s basketball player recently contacted by the University claims former Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice’s use of homophobic slurs was not exclusive to his tenure with the Scarlet Knights. The unnamed player said Rice — who coached at Robert Morris from 2007-2010 —shouted similar slurs during Colonials practices, according to The Newark Star-Ledger. He also said Rice once took part in a shoving contest with a former player in the locker room during halftime of a game.
Former head coach Mike Rice faces new allegations of also using anti-gay slurs in his three-year tenure with the Colonials.
Former UCLA head men’s basketball coach Ben Howland has interest in taking over the coaching vacancy at Rutgers, according to CBS Sports. Before the Scarlet Knights can make a move on Howland or any other coaching candidate, they must first hire a new athletic director. University President Robert L. Barchi said at a press conference Friday the athletic department’s first priority is to find a replacement for Tim Pernetti, who stepped down in the wake of former head coach Mike Rice’s firing.
The FBI is investigating whether former Director of Player Development for the Rutgers men’s basketball team Eric Murdock tried to extort money from the University, according to an Associated Press report. The investigation is looking into whether Murdock made the video of then-head coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players to get money out of the school.
University President Robert L. Barchi said Friday the first time he saw the Mike Rice tapes was last Tuesday night.
Ben Howland, who coached at UCLA?for 10 years before he was fired, said he is ‘intrigued’ by the Rutgers coaching job.
EAST HANOVER, N.J. — When Eric Murdock first came to the University’s athletic department in June 2012 with allegations that then-head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was abusing his players, the University did not take action, he said.
As the fallout continues from the release of practice tapes and subsequent termination of former Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice, one of his assistants has followed his way out of the door at Piscataway. Assistant coach Jimmy Martelli resigned yesterday in the wake of the Scarlet Knights’ continued negative presence in the national media, according to nj.com.
With former Rutgers men’s head basketball coach Mike Rice, Athletic Director Tim Pernetti and University President Robert Barchi all prevalent throughout the media yesterday, it was the players that endured Rice’s physical and verbal abuse that the public wanted to hear from. Former Scarlet Knights Tyree Graham and Jonathan Mitchell weighed in throughout yesterday, but one interview that stood out was from Austin Johnson.
NEW YORK — Sitting with his shoulders slumped at the postgame podium, Austin Johnson tried to make sense of the last 40 minutes. After averaging 5.3 points per game this season, the senior forward scored a career-high 18 points last night in the second round of the Big East Tournament. But despite Johnson’s late brilliance, he watched as the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s season ended as unexpectedly in a 69-61 loss to No. 24 Notre Dame.
NEW YORK — In the first round of the Big East Tournament, the Rutgers men’s basketball team had the luxury of playing a team that did not know its way around the basket. DePaul was statistically the worst rebounding team in the conference, pulling in an average of 3.9 less rebounds per game than its opponents. But when the Scarlet Knights met their second round opponent — Notre Dame — the story was vastly different.
Senior forward Austin Johnson gets doubled-teamed last night against Notre Dame. Johnson picked up the production for junior forward Wally Judge, who scored two points.
Senior forward Austin Johnson and senior wing Dane Miller walk off the court at Madison Square Garden after Rutgers’ 69-61 loss, where Johnson had 18 points.
NEW YORK — The Rutgers men’s basketball team has battled the Big East’s best big men throughout the season, with Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng and Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley among the talented group. More often than not in conference play, the Scarlet Knights were on the wrong end of a lopsided interior battle. But in last night’s 76-57 win against DePaul, the roles were reversed as the Knights became the aggressors in the paint.
NEW YORK — One by one, they made their way into the cage. A freight elevator deep within the bowels of Madison Square Garden takes members of the Rutgers men’s basketball team down to floor level after each Big East Tournament game, closing with a loud thud each time. In most years, the walk from the Scarlet Knights’ locker room has ended in disappointment inside the gray-stained corridor.
Junior forward Wally Judge posts up on DePaul forward Donnavan Kirk during last night’s 76-57 win against the Blue Demons. Judge collected a double-double in the contest with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Sophomore point guard Myles Mack looks for an option during last night’s win against DePaul. Mack finished with 19 points.
Sophomore point guard Myles Mack attempts a shot against DePaul during last night’s 76-57 victory at Madison Square Garden. Rutgers will play Notre Dame tonight in the second round of the Big East Tournament.
Junior forward Wally Judge gets the ball against DePaul in the Knight’s win. Judge shot 9-for-9 from the field.