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Stringer's off-the-court antics are far more interesting than what's on it
Posted 2/9/2013 11:30:00 PM

     The most exciting thing that happened to the Rutgers women's basketball program at the RAC this weekend wasn't Saturday evening's lackluster 55-46 victory over a Cincinnati team that's winless in the Big East.  (How about that comeback from nine points down in the second half to beat the 0-10 Bearcats!)  No, it was when head coach Vivian Stringer imploded before the media Friday afternoon, calling out reporters for recently pointing out the Hall of Fame head coach has been performing below that level in recent years (1-28 against Top Ten teams since 2009), basically imploring athletic director Tim Pernetti to step up and renegotiate her contract (which expires after next season), criticizing, in unprecedented fashion, RU's other major revenue coaches for not winning enough AND shockingly saying that the talent on her team (laden with seven McDonald's All-Americans that SHE recruited) is not at the level she needs to regain national prominence.  Say what you will but it's the first time during this 12-8 season that anyone but the diehard Scarlet Knight faithful were remotely interested in what Stringer had to say.  But was she right in her rant?  No!  Stringer came across as irrational, desparate and as someone who can't come to grips with the fact that many are questioning whether her on-court performance is worthy of a $1,000,000-plus contract.  (An average attendance of about 1,900...a 16-year-low at the proof that many aren't buying what Stringer is selling.)  Yes, she's sitting now on 899 career wins but that total recently has only increased on victories against the likes of Big East lesser lights Cincinnati, Marquette and Providence.  All of us have accountability standards in our jobs...even a Hall of Fame head coach that is the highest-paid state employee in New Jersey.  So it isn't too much for us to openly ask Vivian Stringer to get the ship righted and show a return on the university's sizeable investment.

Posted By: Bruce Johnson's Blog  

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  1. Don Rich posted on 02/10/2013 11:38 PM
    Seems to be tossing everyone under the bus. It's all about putting fannies in the seats! What you see playing are her recruits! Shame Vivian!!w
  2. Peter from Cliffwood Beach posted on 02/11/2013 12:24 AM
    Doesn't Coach Stringer have a clause in her contract that requires her salary to be no lower than the highest paid Men's coach on the RU staff? Take it a step further, how is RU going to hire a Patino-level coach if that would require Vivian to get an undeserved bump in salary?
    1. Bruce Johnson posted on 02/11/2013 07:51 AM
      @Peter from Cliffwood Beach That went out the window when Schiano left. It was what they call an "escalator" clause. Whenever Schiano got a raise, Stringer got the same percentage increase.
  3. Don Rich posted on 02/11/2013 11:56 AM
    If one watches the top 10 WBB and compares it to what RU puts out they will see how the prograam has slipped. Her accomplishments are many but she appears to have not grown with the times. It's scoring! Where are the students? Sad when one sees people who think their past will pull them through. Knowing when to retire is key!
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