- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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Rutgers has apparently wrapped up its interviews and could have a head coach by the beginning of next week, according to multiple sources close to the situation.
Former Boston College coach Al Skinner interviewed Friday with athletic director Tim Pernetti. ESPN analyst and former St. John's, Manhattan and New Mexico coach Fran Fraschilla, as well as Robert Morris coach Mike Rice, had already interviewed with Pernetti. Former Rutgers player and former Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan was a primary target but withdrew.
The Scarlet Knights are searching for a replacement after firing Fred Hill last month.
If the Knights go with Rice, it could be seen as a cost-saving move. Rice, who led the Colonials to consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and a near-miss against Villanova in the first round in March, could be had for a lower price. Rice received a one-year extension from Robert Morris through the 2016-17 season.
Rutgers had to pay Hill an $800,000-plus settlement, and according to sources close to the situation, it may have to pay a lower figure for its next coach.
Assuming there isn't a stealth candidate, then all three candidates have their pluses. Rice comes in on a high after the NCAA berths and has with strong connections in the area.
Fraschilla has built up a national name with his on-air presence and is well-connected in the New York metropolitan area. He has also become an international expert on talent for ESPN's NBA draft coverage.
Skinner has the most established coaching record as a two-time Big East coach of the year and a record of taking seven of the last 10 BC teams to the NCAA tournament. He also made the Eagles relevant from the outset of their addition to the ACC as one of the winningest teams in the league in the last five years outside of Duke and North Carolina.
Andy Katz is a senior writer who covers college basketball for ESPN.com.
Rutgers has apparently wrapped up its interviews for the vacant head coaching position and could have a head coach by the beginning of next week, according to multiple sources close to the situation.