From time to time, we must take a look at how are rivals have been faring as of late. Rutgers is now mired in their own four game losing streak, which with a loss to Providence makes theirs not as strong as ours was. They stand at 9-6 and are floundering. Just as you say it can't be worse, now there are more and more rumors of players leaving coach Fred Hill and transferring out. It started with Greg Echenique, now there's a rumor of Mike Rosario ready to leave New Brunswick. Then, I read this latest post from fellow Seton Hall fan blog Setonia of something former Scarlet Knight J.R. Inman supposedly wrote on Facebook about coach Hill. If this is real, it's one of the most scathing attacks I've ever heard about a coach.
I've always thought Fred Hill is vastly overrated. When he was hired, most everyone loved the move since he has been a proven recruiter back in the Tommy Amaker Era and at Villanova. He even worked some of that magic at Rutgers when he signed Rosario, the first McDonald's All-American to play for Rutgers. One problem, he can't coach at all. Now that doesn't stop guys like Rick Barnes from having great teams despite shortcomings with X's and O's, but based on how everyone seems right to jump ship, Hill is failing to put out competitive teams. Unless Rutgers can turn it around, I see no way that Hill still has a job. Of course, Norm Roberts is still coaching St. John's, so you never know (he probably has to win this year, but that's been said since 2007). However, I've never heard anyone say a bad word about Roberts personally, while if more players have the opinion of Fred Hill that Inman has, then even he can't talk his way out of the chopping block or continue to become irrelevant in the Big East and on their own campus.