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. Jordan traveled to Rutgers last week for preliminary talks about the job and is set for a return to meet with President Robert Barchi and talk contract.
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.
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Current Job -- Former Boston College head coach
Rundown -- The former 13-year head coach of Boston College showed previous interest in the vacant Rutgers position but has been away from head coaching since decade-long stints at Rhode Island and Boston College. Skinner is a realistic option to pursue should talks with Jordan break apart.
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.
Current Job -- Manhattan head coach
Rundown — Masiello gave Manhattan back-to-back winning seasons in his first two years as a head coach. The former Kentucky guard and Louisville assistant represents a small-school hire with local ties and interest in building up a program like Rutgers headed to the Big Ten.
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.
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.