Fred Hill Jr. Likely Done at Rutgers: He's Finally Lost Me

Jayson LoveCorrespondent IApril 6, 2010

CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Fred Hill of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights yells during the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels on December 28, 2008 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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At one of the most exciting come from behind wins in the history of the Rutgers baseball program, it was the behavior of basketball coach Fred Hill Jr. that became the story.

Amazingly, the 51 year-old basketball coach of a major university could not control his behavior. His alleged antics; a profanity-laced tirade aimed at Rutgers' baseball opponent Pittsburgh's coaching staff, are the stuff that would usually be attributed to drunk student-fans at a college sporting event.

The embattled Rutgers coach has faced and dodged a lot of adversity this year.  He was the target of a facebook-fued fueled by former RU standout basketball player J.R. Inman.  He has watched as over half of his recruits have transferred to other Universities. 

The transfers only served to support the attack of Inman that Hill doesn't care about his players after they have committed to the school.  Inman claimed he was "lied to" and "disrespected" by Coach Hill.

I chalked that up to the sour grapes of a former player who did not live up to his enormous potential. I ignored the transfers and chose to focus on the positives.

The win against Georgetown, the win over Notre Dame, and the victories over DePaul and St. John's served to supply an optimist with a glimmer of hope. 

Even the news that Pat Jackson was transferring did not deter me.  The fact that Seton Hall and St John's were getting new coaches?  No big deal.  Stay the course.  Believe in your guy. 

But now, this kind of behavior is unacceptable.  He has already embarrassed the university enough with the poor play of his basketball team, but now, the embarrassment extends beyond poor play. 

It is now a national story.  While A.D. Tim Pernetti, "actively looks into" the alleged antics of Freddie Hill, news rolls out that star player Rosario is seeking a transfer.  He is embarrassed too.

One of the two heralded recruits, Gil Beruta is asking out of his letter of intent.  This is now officially a sinking ship and it is time to bail out.