Hill, Pernetti meet; Rosario Talks Transfer

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti met with men's basketball coach Fred Hill and also granted sophomore guard Mike Rosario his release to transfer during a busy Wednesday at the RAC. Find out if there was any resolution to the Hill saga. Also, Rosario has a leader of where he will transfer to, and he talked about it with ScarletReport.com.

PISCATAWAY – PISCATAWAY – Approximately the same time Rutgers announced former all-America high school guard Mike Rosario was granted a conditional release to transfer by Tim Pernetti, the athletic director and embattled men's basketball coach Fred Hill were meeting inside the Rutgers Athletic Center.

But the meeting resulted in no resolution in Hill's status, sources said, so he remains the Scarlet Knights' coach. Hill declined comment after the meeting.

Hill's status remains in question after a reported outburst at a Rutgers baseball game early this month. According to published reports, Hill was handed a list of allegations during a Monday meeting.

Rutgers is trying to fire Hill with cause, which is would mean the school would not be responsible for paying him the $1.8 million remaining on his contract. However, Hill would likely sue the school to recoup either some or all of the money.

Meanwhile, Rosario could be headed to Florida to continue his career.

"There's going to be some schools calling," Rosario said. "Florida is one of the schools I really like. That's the school that I think would fit my style of play. That's one of the schools that I am considering.

"I think they have a great coach there. I think Billy Donovan is a great guy, a great coach, and I think with the success they had, they built a tradition there, and I think he's done a great job there. That's why I really like Florida."

A two-paragraph release stated Rosario was given a conditional release. The statement did not divulge which schools he would be blocked to transfer to, but sources said he will not be allowed to transfer to another Big East school, or another team on Rutgers' schedule. The Scarlet Knights are contracted to play North Carolina, which would preclude him from transferring to the Tar Heels.

There have also been reports Rosario would be blocked from transferring to USC because of alleged tampering, but that will not happen, sources said.

USC, Kentucky and Kansas are among the other schools Rosario is considering, according to sources.

Originally, it was reported Rosario would not be given his release until the coaching situation was settled. However, sources said other players were contemplating transferring if Rosario returned.

The news of Rosario's release comes on the afternoon Rutgers coach Fred Hill and Pernetti were to meet in hopes of further clarifying Hill's coaching position. It is possible Hill could be fired with cause during the meeting for an alleged string of incidents regarding that would be in violation of behavioral clauses in his contract.

Rosario played in 32 games last season. He averaged 16.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. That came after he averaged 16.2 points and 3.5 rebounds as a freshman.

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