The Candidates

With Fred Hill out as Rutgers' coach, athletic director Tim Pernetti will have to act quickly to bring in a replacement, and there are several attractive, high-profile coaches available. Over the last few months has heard plenty of names, but sources said there are only a few who will get some consideration. Take a look at our capsules of those coaches.

Jim O'Brien Record: 286-274
Bio bytes: Head coach at St. Bonaventure (4 years), Boston College (11 seasons) and Ohio State (7 seasons)
Why he fits: He can coach. Flat-out, he can coach. And he can build a program. He took Ohio State to the Final Four in 1999, before it was stripped because an ineligible player was used. He is a big-name who reportedly is ready to get back in the coaching box after six years away from the game. He is from New York, has northeast roots and understands the recruiting game in the area.
The concerns: He was fired from Ohio State after giving $6,000 to a recruit from Serbia, then claimed it was to help the family in a war-torn region. He sued Ohio State and won for wrongful termination. He also had the Final Four stripped because of use of an ineligible player. He also left Boston College (his alma mater) in a huff after two recruits were denied admission, and he sued the school. Furthermore, he turned 61 Friday and being out of coaching for six years could be an issue.

Fran Fraschilla
Record: 176-99
Bio bytes: Head coach at Manhattan (4 seasons), St. John's (2 seasons) and New Mexico (3 seasons)
Why he fits: He knows New York City and the Metropolitan area and can coach. He took Manhattan to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and won 22 games in his second season at St. John's. He understands x's and o's, and is relevant to recruits because of his work on ESPN. He has been to three NCAAs and five NITs, and has a desire to get back into coaching.
The concerns: He hasn't been on the bench in eight years, and there has to be a reason. He was run out of St. John's after a 22-10 mark, and his time in New Mexico was not very good. His off-court behavior was a question, and he had the reputation for being theatrical on the sideline.

Billy Gillispie
Record: 140-85
Bio bytes: Head coach at Texas El-Paso (2 seasons), Texas A&M (3 seasons) and Kentucky (2 seasons)
Why he fits: He is a workaholic and prepares teams well, coaches a defensive, tough-nosed style that can be successful even without the most athletic players. He can recruit and is personable, and has national cache after building Texas A&M in to a nationally ranked program and is well-known as a former Kentucky coach. He was a two-time Big 12 coach of the year and the SEC co-coach of the year his first season at Kentucky.
The concerns: Not only was his firing from Kentucky messy, but he has three arrests for alleged DUI on his record, although only one resulted in him pleading guilty. Once the charges were dropped, and another time he pled guilty to a lesser charge. He had an ugly firing from Kentucky, and his black-and-blue style rubs some purists the wrong way.

Fran Dunphy
Record: 394-212
Bio bytes: Head coach at Pennsylvania (17 seasons) and Temple (4 seasons)
Why he fits: He is a strong game coach and understands strategy. He is a proven recruiter and has won at his two stops. He ran the dominant program in the Ivy League, and brought Temple back to relevance when he replaced legendary John Chaney. He has been to the NCAA Tournament 12 times, including each of the last three seasons. He finished lower than third place twice in his career.
The concerns: He is 61-years-old and his ties are to the Philadelphia area. Even Big East power Villanova makes a hearty living in New Jersey, and Dunphy would need to hire someone to attract New Jersey and New York City talent to Rutgers.

Jim Baron
Record: 362-330
Bio bytes: Head coach of St. Francis, Pa. (5 seasons), St. Bonaventure (9 seasons) and Rhode Island (9 seasons)
Why he fits: Solid coach with a respectable reputation. He is the three-time Atlantic 10 coach of the year, and has made a living building supposed second-tier programs into postseason regulars. He is respectful, smart and represents universities well. He has 10 NIT appearances and two NCAA berths, and recruits New York/New Jersey.
The concerns: He is not a marquee name and will not cause the fan base to get excited. He has had success at his three head coaching stops, but not enough success to get the big programs interested. Postseason is the norm, but trips to the NCAAs few and far between. He is yet to take Rhode Island to the NCAAs, although he did win 20 games each of the last three seasons.

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