Two more recruits for Rutgers men’s basketball team have reconsidered their commitments for playing for the school and current players have chosen to move elsewhere, following coach Mike Rice’s firing according to ESPN.com.
The new recruits, Shane Rector, a point guard from Connecticut, and Chris Griffin, a forward from Illinois, have both reportedly withdrawn their commitments as the school searches for a new men’s basketball coach.
According to ESPN, Rector said that his decision was made based on the fact that Rutgers is currently without a coach.
“The coach got fired and not knowing who they’re bringing in, I just wanted to cover my bases so I don’t end up getting screwed over or whatever,” Rector said.
Rice was fired last week after a video surfaced showing him inflicting physical and verbal abuse on players during practices.
According to nj.com, at least three players announced that they would no longer play for the Rutgers team, even before Rice was fired. These players include sophomore guard Jerome Seagers, who was apart of Rice's 2012 recruiting class.
Team members such as sophomore guard Malick Kone and Vincent Garrett have also announced their departures from the men’s basketball team within the past two weeks.
Currenlty, there are six players who plan on returning and playing for the team. Yet, the fate of the upcoming recruiting season is unknown.
Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti also resigned in the wake of the scandal, forcing the school's adminsitration to find a new direcor as well as a basketball coach.