Seton Hall Basketball: Offseason Link Roundup, Gonzo, Lavin-Adubato, President, FHJ Gonezo

Gonzo's still going Gonzo.  Brendan Prunty reports the former Seton Hall head coach has brought forth a lawsuit against the university:

In a lawsuit filed this afternoon in federal court, Gonzalez is suing Seton Hall University for breaking its contract with him and for not dealing with him in good faith. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.

Gonzalez, fired on March 17 by the university, is seeking payment from his initial contract which was signed in 2006 and then extended this past December. He was scheduled to be paid through June 30, 2014 under the contract extension. According to the lawsuit, Gonzalez -- if terminated without cause -- would be due two years of his salary.

Steve Lavin will meet with former Pirate assistant Scott Adubato regarding an assistant coaching posistion with the Johnnies, per Adam Zagoria:

St. John's coach Steve Lavin is still filling out his staff and will meet Friday with former Seton Hall assistant Scott Adubato, a source with direct knowledge said.

Seton Hall has narrowed it's "presidential transition 2010" search to just two candidates:


Fr. Kevin E. Mackin -- President -- Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, N.Y.

Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland -- The Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn Professor of Christian Ethics -- Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD

Jerry Carino reports that Rutgers has informed Fred Hill Jr. he will not be returning as head coach of the Scarlet Knights:

A source, who has not been authorized to speak until Rutgers athletics director Tim Pernetti announces the decision, possibly Friday, said that as of last night Hill was deciding whether to take a buyout offer and then "resign" or force the university to fire him for cause.

Hill, the source said, initially balked at a $600,000 settlement offer, which equates to a third of the $1.8 million owed to him over the next three years.

The source said the university would attempt to prove Hill is in violation of a "principles of conduct'' clause in his contract should the Rutgers coach pursue a legal battle.

Can we get Bobby and FHJ in a courtroom together and try both cases at the same time?  Oh, the hilarity. 

From LFBall:

I really hope Seton Hall adds a great big man coach with connections. Though they might not get those top 15 kids now, as soon as they start averaging 14,000 in that Newark Palace to go along with the great SHU Education we could soon see some top notch talent at The Hall.

I also hope all of the players who declared for the draft from SHU return to school. With that returning talent SHU will be very good next season. Now add the incoming freshmen and the depth could be much better than this past season.

A few things.  Averaging 14K? Why reach, let's shoot for 10K first.  Indeed, if the three do return, along with the incoming freshmen, there would be tremendous depth.  Of course, there was depth this year, but Gonzo wasted much of it with his continuous musical chairs throughout the season.  Let's hope Willard can manage his rotations much more effectively than Gonzalez. 

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