Sources: Rutgers targets 3 candidates

Updated: April 28, 2010, 9:48 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Rutgers is moving ahead with its search to replace Fred Hill and has focused on current ESPN analyst and former St. John's, Manhattan and New Mexico coach Fran Fraschilla, former Boston College coach Al Skinner and Robert Morris coach Mike Rice, according to multiple sources.

All three are expected to talk to Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti this week.

On Tuesday, multiple media reports indicated former Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan, a Rutgers alum, withdrew his name from consideration.

Other media reports indicated Temple's Fran Dunphy was also a serious candidate.

Fraschilla, given the time he spent in New York, is extremely well-connected in the area.

Skinner has twice won Big East coach of the year honors, and is BC's all-time winningest coach. North Carolina's Roy Williams and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski have called on his behalf.

Rice took Robert Morris to two straight NCAA tournaments after winning the NEC championship. RMU nearly knocked off Villanova in the first round of the NCAA tournament this season. Rice, 41, is the youngest of the three candidates.

Rutgers is facing a major rebuilding effort after Hill was fired and star Mike Rosario transferred to Florida.

The Scarlet Knights finished 15-17 this season.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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