Basketball Coaching Hotboard: Updated

Rutgers does not have an athletic director in place but is back in an active search for a basketball coach. Firing Mike Rice midway through last week, the Scarlet Knights and interim athletic director Carl Kirschner are on the move to get a new coach in place with preserving the roster and recruiting class as keys.

Mike Rice is out as head basketball coach after three years and an ugly fallout from video footage of practice behavior. Without a permanent athletic director in plance, Rutgers has begun its basketball search with a handful of names standing out early.
John Giannini

Current Job -- La Salle head coach

Rundown -- Giannini turned La Salle from a lower-tier program to one that shocked the world in the NCAA tournament. Initially one of the less likely choices, Giannini saw his stock soar after Tim Pernetti's resignation and the loss of other options. Giannini brings head-coaching experience and excelled in New Jersey while at Rowan in his first job.

Temperature: Hot

Eddie Jordan

Current Job -- Los Angeles Lakers, assistant coach

Rundown -- Jordan is a former Rutgers star and was in the mix during the last coaching search. After an unsuccessful stint as the head coach of the Washington Wizards, Jordan bounced around as an NBA assistant. Jordan was not chosen with Pernetti at the head of the search but presents an option with NBA experience and true ties to Rutgers.

Temperature: Hot

Dave Cox

Current Job -- Rutgers interim head coach

Rundown -- 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. He has the support of everyone left in the basketball program and is the best option as a recruiter. Direct ties to Rice's behavior over the past three years can be a killer, however.

Temperature: Room temperature.

Fran Dunphy

Current Job -- Temple head coach

Rundown — 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, which Rutgers appears to be unable to offer in its current situation.

Temperature: Cold.

Bill Carmody

Current Job -- Former Northwestern head coach

Rundown -- Carmody is looking for work after losing his job at Northwestern and has experience recruiting in New Jersey. He also has experience coaching in New Jersey as the former head coach at Princeton.

Temperature: Cold

Danny Hurley

Current Job -- Rhode Island head coach

Rundown -- The Hurley name is as good as it gets in New Jersey but efforts to court him early in the process failed and led to an expected extension with Rhode Island.

Temperature: Lukewarm

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