Rutgers Approves Five-Year Deal for Steve Pikiell as Men's Basketball Coach

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers finalized its deal with Steve Pikiell Tuesday morning when the Board of Governors approved a five-year, $8 million deal for the next men’s basketball coach and Pat Hobbs’ second major hire as athletic director.

Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell and Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs reached an agreement Saturday morning and takeover duties began on campus Monday. But the move for Pikiell did not become official until Tuesday morning at a Board of Governors meeting in New Brunswick, N.J.

The approval took place unanimously at a 9 a.m. meeting, where Rutgers inked Pikiell to a five-year, $8 million deal as Eddie Jordan’s replacement.

 "We’re delighted with the work that Pats done here,” president Robert Barchi said at the meeting. “He’s done an outstanding job of running through the candidates and keeping it very quiet with a professional approach to recruiting.”

Rutgers formally introduces Pikiell during a noon press conference scheduled at the RAC but the former Stony Brook coach and Connecticut guard under Jim Calhoun started work Monday. Hobbs said it was "very clear" that Pikiell was the right choice after Saturday.

"They went from doormat of the conference to really a power of the American East Conference,” Hobbs said. “…He is a dogged recruiter, a hard worker with high character and a man of integrity … I think more than any of the other candidates through the process, he really emerged as the person who was most excited about our opportunity, most saw the potential in our opportunity and presented a plan for how we were going to go about building the program."

Pikiell met with players and staff yesterday before he appeared in Trenton at the New Jersey tournament of champions. Pikiell is the fourth Rutgers basketball coach since 2010. He comes to Rutgers with wins in 53 percent of his games as a head coach and a 13-seed in the 2016 NCAA tournament with Stony Brook.

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