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Is the Rutgers women's basketball program going backwards?
Posted 3/17/2012 7:39:00 PM

     Only five years ago, the Rutgers women's basketball team was playing Tennessee in the national championship game.  Fast forward to 2012 and the Scarlet Knights are coming off their third straight first-weekend elimination from the NCAA Tournament.  The latest loss was Saturday afternoon, an 86-73 defeat at Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington in a game heard on the new talk radio, 1450 WCTC and, the Voice of the Scarlet Knights.  Clearly, Rutgers no longer is a legitimate factor on the nationwide scene.  And a large part of the reason is that head coach Vivian Stringer is not getting the type impact player that she was getting back in the early-to-mid-2000's when the likes of Cappie Pondexter, Chelsea Newton, Matee Ajavon, Essence Carson and Kia Vaughn were coming thru the doors of the RAC.  Lately, Stringer and her coaching staff have been signing recruiting classes that have been proclaimed Top-Ten in the nation.  But, to be honest, those classes have fallen woefully short in living up to that reputation.  Either these players are not as good as advertised or Stringer is not "coaching them up" as she's done in the past.  The Hall of Famer, now the highest paid coach on the Banks of the Old Raritan with the departure of football's Greg Schiano, better figure it out in the off-season or her program will take another step backwards and another step further away from another Final Four.

Posted By: Bruce Johnson's Blog  

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