On Wednesday morning, Rutgers made the decision to fire men’s head basketball coach, Mike Rice.
Following the release of a video tape that showed Rice throwing basketballs, shoving players and cussing unnecessarily during practices, the decision virtually came as no shock to anyone.
Well, prior to Rutgers’ decision on Wednesday morning, news surfaced amid the release of the tape that sophomore guard Jerome Seagears would be transferring. Junior wing Vincent Garrett is also making the decision to leave the program.
Seagears’ decision to leave the university isn’t much of a surprise, not only considering what is circulating around the basketball program, but also in terms of his own individual production. Seagers saw a decrease in his number this past season, averaging 6.5 points and 2.6 assists per game this season in just over 27 minutes of action.
Seagears played a lot in the back court, so his loss does hurt the Scarlet Knights moving forward with whomever they decide to hire in Rice’s replacement. Seagears was part of a very strong recruiting class that came to campus following Rice’s first season at Rutgers.
The interesting thing that Seagears and other transferring players will have to wait to find out, is how the NCAA plans to handle their cases. It will be interesting to see if the NCAA decides to grant players who want to transfer from Rutgers immunity from having to sit out the 2013-14 season.
Given the actions of Rice and the situation’s national attention, that could very well turn into the NCAA’s decision.
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