BY MICHAEL HAYNE
The firing of abusive Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice and the subsequent scandal that came from the way it was handled has sort of put a replacement on the back burner.
Even though the Scarlet Knights lack an athletic director (he was also fired), the school is in major damage control and desperate for positive distractions.
It seems the school tainted by scandal is considering bringing on Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony High in Jersey City, N.J. to serve as a temporary caretaker for the program. Hurley, who has the blessings of his family, told the AP that he wouldn't mind signing up on a short term basis in order to bring stability to the program.
Interestingly enough, Hurley's son and coach at Rhode Island, Dan Hurley, was approached by the school to become the new coach. The decision appeared to make sense given that Hurley grew up in Jersey City, played at Seton Hall, and was an assistant at Rutgers. Most important, he doesn't have a history of hurling anti-gay slurs and physically assaulting his players.