Former Duke star and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams reportedly interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Rutgers, according to a report from Keith Sargeant of NJ.com.
Originally from Plainfield, New Jersey, a stone’s throw away from Rutgers’ campus in New Brunswick, Williams starred at St. Joseph High in the neighboring town of Metuchen before attending Duke. He excelled as a scoring point guard in three years with the Blue Devils and helped lead them to a national championship in 2001.
Williams, 34, was then drafted second overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2002 NBA Draft, but only played one season after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in 2003. He then went into broadcasting and has been a mainstay as part of ESPN’s College GameDay crew during basketball season for years.
And Jay Williams is certainly an interesting candidate for Rutgers, who fired alum and former NBA head coach Eddie Jordan after going 29-67 in three years. Yes, Williams has no coaching experience, but he is from the region and grew up knowing the Rutgers culture. On top of that, were he to be hired over other potential candidates like Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley or GW’s Mike Lonergan, he would likely reestablish a strong recruiting base in the Garden State.
But more importantly, though Williams has no experience coaching, keep in mind that Rutgers has not played in an NCAA Tournament since 1991. Thus, at this point, AD Pat Hobbs is probably willing to give anyone a shot with the basketball team.
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