The Stock Report: Searching for a Coach

Welcome to The Stock Report, a feature that will update periodically during Rutgers' search for its next basketball head coach. There was movement in the market earlier this week, with several candidates "hitting a 52-week high" and others being "delisted" and no longer in contention. Find out who is where, and why they were given their "Stock Status" in this update.

Welcome to The Stock Report.
Rutgers is in the market for a new men's basketball coach, and we've got you covered.
Who is enjoying a bull market? And where are the bears? has you covered during this process with our stock report on the candidates.
Now, get a look at our latest Stock Report, and enjoy it:

Mike Rice Age: 41
Record: 73-30
Employment: Head coach at Robert Morris
Bio bytes: Assistant coach at Pittsburgh under Jamie Dixon, at St. Joseph's under Phil Martelli and at Chicago State, Niagara, Marquette and Fordham. Played at Fordham.
Stock report: If there is an influential coach in the New Jersey/New York area, chances are he called AD Tim Pernetti to voice support for Rice. The only thing lacking in the campaign supporting Rice is a coaching caravan to make a stop on the steps of the RAC (ok, there are no steps there, but you get the idea) to stump for him so Pernetti could hear the bullhorn from his office.
He has ties to the area, and Big East experience as an assistant, and he has head coaching experience, which is obviously one of Pernetti's prerequisites, given the finalists for the position.
However, the issue is whether a coach from the Northeast Conference can have success in a BCS conference. Can anyone find one who made the jump from the NEC to a BCS school and had success?
Stock status: Hitting a 52-week high

Fran Fraschilla
Record: 176-99
Employment: ESPN analyst
Bio bytes: Head coach at Manhattan. Head coach at St. John's. Head coach at New Mexico.
Stock report: He has kept quiet, and when someone close to him inquired what was going on, he said he was "laying low'' with the Rutgers search. Smart move. Of the candidates remaining, he may be the most intriguing because of his ties to the Metropolitan area, his desire to get back into coaching in the Big East and show St. John's what it missed out and his personality. He is a proven coach and recruiter, and he is personable, which is a necessity because of Rutgers' need to sell the program, sell tickets and excite the rich alumni to entice them into funding Pernetti's vision of a renovated RAC. The big question is whether he has outgrown the silly behavior that led to his ouster and St. John's and created headaches for the administration at New Mexico. In the end, though, he won at Manhattan and St. John's, and knows how to make a program successful.
Stock status: Hitting 52-week high

Fran Dunphy
Age: 61
Record: 394-212
Employment: Head coach at Temple
Bio bytes: Head coach at Pennsylvania.
Stock report: If Dunphy wants the job, it is his to lose. The question remains, though, whether he wants. His camp has been very quiet, but given he is still on the list, it means he is yet to rule Rutgers out, and a source on the West Coast told Dunphy is, at least, considering the Scarlet Knights.
However, Dunphy, who at 61 may only have one move left in his career, agonized over whether to move a few miles across Philadelphia when he left Pennsylvania for Temple. He is Philly through-and-through, and while there is plenty of talent there he could usher up the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 9, does he want to move his residence that far north?
Stock status: Holding

Al Skinner Age: 57
Employment: Recently fired by Boston College
Bio bytes: Head coach of Rhode Island. Assistant at Rhode Island. Assistant at Marist. Played at Massachusetts
Stock report: He is getting an interview after going to seven NCAA Tournaments in 13 years at Boston College, but the Eagles struggled and finished under .500 in two of the last three years. His work ethic was questioned when he was fired at Boston College, and those close to him say the Eagles began to tumble when he lost a pair of trusted assistants.
However, Skinner brings a track record of success, and even if he wasn't work as hard as the administration wanted him to work, he still went to nine NCAA Tournaments with Rhode Island and Boston College, and all since Rutgers last went to the NCAAs.
He was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and has spent his lifetime in the northeast, so he has recruiting ties. He also won at least 20 games in a season 10 times, and would be a solid figure representing the University.
Stock status: On the rise

Eddie Jordan Age: 55
Record: 257-343
Employment: Recently fired by Philadelphia 76ers
Bio bytes: NBA head coach with Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. Former assistant at Rutgers and Boston College. Member of Rutgers 1976 Final Four team. Played eight years with four teams in the NBA.
Stock report: He was involved in the process, but that changed Tuesday when he phoned athletic director Tim Pernetti and said he was pulling his name out of the race. Jordan wants to pursue other opportunities in the NBA, and that isn't something Rutgers was going to argue with him about.
While Jordan could have created a great surge for the program, did he really want to be sitting in a gym at 10 p.m. in the middle of July watching a 16-year-old play basketball? He was an intriguing candidate, but with limited college experience on his coaching resume, his ability to recruit was a big question.
Stock status: Delisted

Jeff Van Gundy Age: 48
Record: 430-318
Employment: Broadcaster
Bio bytes: NBA head coach with New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. Assistant at Rutgers under Bob Wenzel. Assistant at Providence under Rick Pitino.
Stock report: Pernetti called Van Gundy, but it was more to get an idea for what the program has to offer, and to get input from a high-profile person with an association to the program.
Stock status: Delisted

Lawrence Frank Age: 39
Record: 225-241
Employment: Recently fired by New Jersey Nets
Bio bytes: NBA head coach of New Jersey Nets. Assistant with NBA's Vancouver Grizzlies. Assistant at Tennessee and Marquette under now-USC coach Kevin O'Neill. Student manager for Bobby Knight at Indiana. Attended Teaneck (N.J.) High.
Stock report: His name was tossed around in Rutgers circles, but he never got a call from Rutgers to measure his interest. And, really, there wasn't any. According to sources close to Frank, he wants to stay in the NBA, and Rutgers could not provide a financial package to entice him.
Stock status: Delisted

Brian Gregory
Age: 43
Record: 150-80
Employment: Head coach at Dayton
Bio bytes:. Two stints as an assistant under Tom Izzo. Assistant at Toledo and under Bill Carmody at Northwestern. Played at Navy and Oakland.
Stock report: He makes approximately $750,000, is signed seemingly into the next millennia, attendance figures are in the five digits and he is loved for winning the NIT.
He would have been a fine choice except for one thing – he wasn't interested.
Stock status: Delisted

Jim O'Brien Age: 61
Record: 286-274
Employment: In the private sector
Bio bytes: Head coach at St. Bonaventure. Head coach at Boston College. Head coach at Ohio State
Stock report: When the public knows you paid money for a recruit, it is always a concern. When a school can dig beyond that, sometimes it finds too much stuff to continue. Stock status: Delisted

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