Changes Coming in the Basketball Program?

Rutgers coach Fred Hill's job status is in question, but that is not the only thing going on with the basketball program. A star player is contemplating a transfer, and a signed recruit has asked out of his binding national letter of intent. This comes on the heels of athletic director Tim Pernetti announcing last month Hill would return for a fifth season.

With men's basketball coach Fred Hill already under investigation for his involvement in a post-game incident at a Rutgers baseball game, more damaging news came to light as signee Gilvydas Biruta asked out of his national letter of intent.

Those two situations come on the heels of junior-to-be guard Mike Rosario possibly transferring from the school.

Rosario recently met with Hill, and things did not go well. Rosario's commitment to playing basketball at a high level was brought into question, while Rosario is questioning whether he can develop into an NBA player at Rutgers, according to sources.

The issue was supposed to be determined Tuesday. But that was before the school launched an investigation into Hill's alleged behavior at Thursday's baseball game against Pittsburgh.

"We are actively investigating the incident involving the head men's basketball coach that took place at our baseball game last Thursday on campus,'' the athletic department said in a statement. "The reports and eyewitness accounts are very concerning."

The investigation could lead to disciplinary action, or the termination, of Hill as the men's basketball coach, according to sources.

Biruta declined to go into detail about his reasons, but sources said it was because of Hill's tenuous job status and Biruta's lack of relationship with several members of the Rutgers staff.

After a controversial finish in which Rutgers scored five times in the ninth inning to beat Pittsburgh, Hill was on the field, near home plate, where he allegedly exchanged words with members of the Panthers' coaching staff.

Hill's father, Fred Sr., is the longtime baseball coach at Rutgers.

As for Biruta, a high-level prospect from St. Benedict's of Newark, N.J., a decision not to release the talented 6-foot-8 forward could have long-term issues.

If he is not released from the letter, it could cause a strain in the relationship between one of the most respected and talented programs in the nation and Rutgers.

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