Rutgers Basketball Hotboard 4.0

Premium Scarlet Report members can read and discuss the latest hot names in the Rutgers basketball coaching search after athletic director Pat Hobbs fired Eddie Jordan eight days ago.

Name – Mike Lonergan

Current Spot – George Washington Head Coach

Temperature – Lukewarm

Past Experience – Vermont Head Coach (2005-11), Maryland Assistant Coach (2004-05)

The Skinny – Lonergan is affordable and successful but he knows exactly the challenge the next Rutgers coach faces after he dominated the Scarlet Knights on the court this season. Ironically, Lonergan comes from the same high school as former coach Eddie Jordan in Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll. Lonergan interviewed with Rutgers but it remains a hard sell after he turned down a similar situation at Boston College in favor of a raise and extension at George Washington. Lonergan did not officially pull out of the job and a facility guarantee from Hobbs could re-flip the table.


Name – Tim Cluess

Current Spot – Iona Head Coach

Temperature – Warm

Past Experience – CW Post Head Coach (2006-10),

The Skinny -- Twelve months after Iona extended him to the 2020 season, the money still would not be a major issue for Rutgers. Cluess is a winner at lower levels and could more than double his salary at Rutgers. His wins in 73 percent of his games stand out. With Iona out of the tournament, expect Hobbs to heat up his interest.

Name -- Steve Pikiell

Current Spot -- Stony Brook Head Coach

Temperature -- Warm

Past Experience -- George Washington assistant coach (2001-05), Wesleyan Head coach (1995-96)

The Skinny -- Pikiell jumps from a wildcard to a legitimate contender after he stole basketball fans' hearts with a stunning win and NCAA title bid over Vermont this weekend. The next Rutgers coach has to find local talent that other schools pass upon, and Pikiell can do just that -- just ask Jameel Warney. Stony Brook did not have the most memorable tournament showing against Kentucky, but Pikiell, who was an early candidate, remains one at the conclusion of a solid season.

 Name – Herb Sendek

Current Spot – Unemployed

Temperature – Cool

Past Experience – Arizona State (2006-15), NC State (1996-2006)

The Skinny – Sendek is the kind of brand-name college coach that fits what Rutgers needs. He is a builder that showed long-term commitments to his last two stops, and will not be in it for a quick fix. Sendek’s job status makes a quick hire possible with no postseason responsibilities. Sendek has not been in the mix recently.

Name -- Kevin Boyle

Current Spot -- Mont Verde Academy

Temperature -- Cool

Past Experience -- St. Patrick's High Head Coach

The Skinny -- Boyle knows recruiting, knows New Jersey and knows what Rutgers faces as a rebuild. The move from high school coach to Big Ten is a major jump, and one where he'd have to blow Hobbs away to make the move. Outside of general buzz about an out-of-box option, Boyle has not been a part of the search.


Name – Steve Masiello

Current Spot – Manhattan Head Coach

Temperature – Cool

Past Experience – Louisville Assistant (2005-11)

The Skinny – Between a March contract extension and the college degree issue that arose under Jordan, it is harder to make this a reality. Masiello has juice and knows how to recruit. 

Wildcard Round –  Former Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins, Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne, Seton Hall assistant coach Shaheen Holloway, ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg, Fairleigh Dickinson head coach Greg Herenda, Albany head coach Will Brown

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