Fred Hill Out as Rutgers Hoops Coach

Rutgers men's basketball coach Fred Hill is no longer the men's basketball coach. The decision comes after a tumultuous week in which the athletic department launched an investigation into Hill's behavior at a baseball game last week. Scarlet Knights athletic director Tim Pernetti will immediately begin his search for a replacement.

Fred Hill will no longer be Rutgers' men's basketball coach, ending his four-year run at the school, according to sources.

Members of the coaching staff have told players a change is being made, according to sources. Hill will address the team Thursday at 3 p.m.

It brings an end to a tumultuous week that began with Hill being involved in an on-field argument at the conclusion of a baseball game against Pittsburgh and ended with two key figures for next season's team expressing a desire to play elsewhere next season.

Hill was guaranteed $1.8 million if he was fired without cause, but the school was conducting an investigation into Hill's behavior that would enable Rutgers to fire him with cause, voiding the remainder of his contract.

It is possible a settlement could be reached for a buyout.

Among the possible replacements are Temple's Fran Dunphy, Rhode Island's Jim Baron, ESPN analyst and former St. John's coach Fran Frischilla, former Kentucky and Texas A&M coach Billy Gillespie and former Ohio State and Boston College Jim O'Brien.

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti is expected to begin the search for a replacement immediately, and move quickly so lingering questions can be answered.

In the short term, the Hill's replacement will try to convince leading scorer Mike Rosario to remain at the school, and incoming freshman Gilvydas Biruta to give the Scarlet Knights a try.

Rosario asked for his release to explore a transfer, but it was not immediately granted by Pernetti, with sources saying such a thing will not be granted until a new coach is in place.

Also, Biruta asked to be released from his binding national letter of intent because of the instability of the coaching staff. Like Rosario, that will not be determined until a new coach is in place and he has the ability to speak with Biruta.

In four seasons, Hill was 44-77, including 15-17 last season. Less than a month ago Pernetti announced Hill would be back for a fifth season, but that was before another series of off-the-court transgressions caused Pernetti to re-visit the issue.

Hill's tenure at Rutgers has been littered by lop-sided losses and the transferring of an abnormally high number of players.

Eleven players left Rutgers in Hill's four years, and that doesn't include Rosario's request to transfer or Biruta's desire to head to another program.


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