Coaching Search: Rutgers Hot Board UPDATED

Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice will be fired for inappropriate conduct in practices and the Scarlet Knights are now in search for its next coach. presents an early coaching hotboard with candidates to watch.

Mike Rice is out as head basketball coach after three years and an ugly fallout from video footage of practice behavior. Rutgers is now in search for its third coach in seven years and is here with the names to watch on the coaching search hot board.
Danny Hurley
Danny Hurley — Son of legendary New Jersey coach Bob Hurley, Danny Hurley struggled in his first year at Rhode Island but is held in high regard within the state. Hurley went 8-21 in his first year at Rhode Island but has won 82 percent of his games as a head coach in his career. Hurley brings name recognition at the highest level and could be a dynamic recruiter for Rutgers because of his long-time experience and Jersey roots.

Ben Howland
Ben Howland — The long-time UCLA coach was fired after winning the conference in the 2012-13 season. Howland is the second winningest coach in UCLA history behind John Wooden and took the Bruins to three Final Fours in the last decade. Howland has sent 11 players to the NBA draft and spent five years in the Big East with Pittsburgh and has recruiting ties in the area during his time with the Panthers.

Mick Cronin
Mick Cronin — Cronin turned Cincinnati from a sub .500 team into a perennial NCAA tournament program. He has been the head coach at Cincinnati since 2006 with a Rutgers move to the Big Ten as a potential draw. Cronin presents an expensive hire but is the kind of coach that could be drawn toward a chance to return to a major basketball conference.

Fran Dunphy
Fran Dunphy — Dunphy has been with Temple for six years and has ties to the Northeast dating back to his first year at Pennsylvania in 1989. It would take a strong payday. Dunphy turned Temple into a top-25 program and can give Rutgers a powerful in with the Philadelphia community and Northeast ties.

Jay Wright
Jay Wright Wright almost became a Scarlet Knight in a previous coaching search and imagine how different things could have been with Wright at the helm. Wright has been at Villanova for more than a decade, and experienced success as a former coach of the year and 10-year NCAA tournament participant. Wright is another example of a coach with a chance to jump into Big Ten money and what is likely to become a top-two basketball conference following the latest realignment moves.

Jeff Capel
Jeff Capel — Capel joined his alma mater as an assistant in 2011 after a stint at Oklahoma as a head coach. Two top Duke assistants took head coaching jobs in the last three years and Capel has nine years of experience. Capel was successful at Oklahoma with a 30-win season and his ties to the Duke brand give a boost in New Jersey.

Dave Cox
Dave Cox -- Cox was all class and undefeated when taking over for Rice during his suspension in December. He has no head-coaching experience, but strong ties to the area in recruiting and is well-liked in the locker room. Cox could be big in keeping the rest of the roster intact. Association with Rice and lack of experience do not help here.

Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker -- Amaker fell on hard times at Michigan but has revived his coaching career with a successful stint at Harvard. Amaker is a former Seton Hall head coach and has Duke ties as an assistant and player. A Falls Church, Va., native, Amaker has Northeast recruiting ties and took multiples programs to the NCAA tournament. Amaker took Seton Hall to a Sweet 16 and has won the Ivy League in back-to-back seasons.

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