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Garrett Stepien

Garrett Stepien

Garrett Stepien is a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore double-majoring in journalism and media studies and economics. He joined the Targum in November of 2013, covering women’s track and field, softball, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and now football as Sports Editor. When he’s not glued to his computer screen laying out pages or extensively reading articles or trying to be a full-time Rutgers student, Garrett enjoys every second of sleep he can get in the comfort of his memory foam mattress. Following a successful career in the sports journalism world — or possibly in some capacity as a Wall Street slave — he aims to buy a one-way ticket back to the Cayman Islands where he can settle down and pursue his lifelong goal of chopping up coconuts on the streets of Georgetown, just steps away from the powdery-white beaches and crystal-clear water as Drake music plays in the distance and waves calmly wash ashore.

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Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs

Reports: Rutgers to hire Steve Pikiell as 19th head men's basketball coach

Rutgers will hire Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell as its next head men's basketball coach, according to NJ Advance Media's Steve Politi.  Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports also reported the news minutes later. The two reports broke on Saturday morning, ending a nine-day search for Eddie Jordan's replacement.  As it awaits formal approval from the Board of Governors, a decision that can come as early as Monday, the hire is not yet official.  Gannett New Jersey's Jerry Carino reported hours later on Saturday afternoon, citing "a source with knowledge of Pikiell's situation," that Pikiell will earn an annual salary of $1.6 million over the span of a five-year contract. A source close to the program with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Targum last Thursday that Jordan had been dismissed from his post after three years in Piscataway, confirming Rothstein's initial breaking report before the University published a news release two hours later citing Athletic Director Patrick Hobbs. Pikiell, 48, went 192-156 overall in 11 seasons at Stony Brook.

Freshman guard Corey Sanders, who told The Daily Targum before the season that Eddie Jordan was a big reason as to why he committed to Rutgers as an ESPN Top 100 recruit out of high school, vehemently defended his head coach after Wednesday night's loss to Nebraska in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Sanders, however, told the Targum that he would not explore transfer options and would return for his sophomore year.

Source: Rutgers fires Eddie Jordan after 3 years as head men's basketball coach

INDIANAPOLIS — Rutgers has fired Eddie Jordan after three years as the head men's basketball coach, a source close to the program with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Targum. Jordan met with the team on Tuesday shortly after he was notified of the decision, according to the source, who requested anonymity because no formal announcement had been made by the University at the time this story was initially published. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports first broke the story on Tuesday afternoon.

Eddie Jordan walks off the floor after Rutgers' 89-72 loss to Nebraska on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The third-year head coach faces questions regarding his job security after the Knights regressed with a 7-25 overall record and 1-17 mark in the Big Ten.

Nebraska finishes Rutgers, 89-72, to bounce Knights from Big Ten Tournament, end season

INDIANAPOLIS — As Eddie Jordan paced through the bowels of Bankers Life Field House and climbed his way to the top of the podium, the position was all too familiar. With two senior captains, center Greg Lewis and guard Bishop Daniels, following their third-year head coach onto the stage, Jordan took a seat and waited. Standing roughly 4 feet above the ground floor and overseeing the scattered members of the media in attendance, the blank stares symbolized the same story that has summed up the Rutgers men's basketball team's entire 2015-16 season. As soon as the Scarlet Knights swooped into Indianapolis, they abruptly left it.

Senior center Greg Lewis goes up for a layup in the post for Rutgers on Saturday during the Knights 23-point blowout of Minnesota on Senior Day at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Lewis posted a game-high 13 rebounds.

Sophomore guard stars as Rutgers sends seniors out right way

Mike Williams wouldn't let it happen again. As the Rutgers men's basketball team honored its four seniors on Saturday in the regular season finale at the Rutgers Athletic Center, the sophomore guard stepped up and took the reins of the Scarlet Knights' offense. The result, a 75-52 throttling of Minnesota by Rutgers in front of 4,473 at the RAC, relieved the Knights (7-24, 1-17) from the agony of their program-record losing streak of 17 games — 32 in Big Ten play — finally came to an end and in dominant fashion. But there was more to it than that to Williams.  His career-high 29 points, fueled by his trigger-happy shot selection from beyond the 3-point arc, proved to be the explosive played Rutgers needed to blow the undermanned Golden Gophers (8-22, 2-16) and return to the win column for the first time since Dec.

Corey Sanders fires a last-second desperation shot at the buzzer of the first overtime period Wednesday night at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The freshman guard did the unthinkable to force a second overtime, but focused on a missed free throw with three seconds in regulation that would have put Rutgers ahead, 76-75. Instead, despite Sanders's heroics on his way to 39 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, the Knights fell to the Illini in triple-overtime, 110-101.

Rutgers runs out of gas in 110-101 triple-overtime thriller at home against Illinois

As his teammates dog-piled onto him as he lay on the hardwood floor, Corey Sanders had just done the unthinkable. Despite an improbable, seven-point deficit that seemingly drowned the Rutgers men's basketball team near the end of the first overtime period, the Scarlet Knights will their way back in unconventional fashion. Sanders, who had done it all for Rutgers up until it climbed back into the ballgame on its final possession, misfired on a 3-pointer from the top of the key.  But the freshman guard hustled to get his own rebound, retreated all the way back behind the arc and fired once more. The off-balanced, desperation heave splashed through the net and the 4,500 in attendance at the Rutgers Athletic Center erupted. Sanders's conversion forced another chance for the Knights to win a game they had so many chances to take earlier in regulation. But all Sanders could think about at that moment was what he still had left to accomplish. "Let's fight again.

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