Tim Pernetti Gives Mike Rice a vote of confidence following win

By Adam Zagoria

PISCATAWAY – This was probably as close to a must-win as Rutgers coach Mike Rice has had in his three-year tenure at the Big East school.

Entering Tuesday’s nationally-televised “Turnpike Tussle” with arch-rival Seton Hall, the Scarlet Knights had lost six games in a row dating to a Jan. 17 win over USF.

A year after going losing eight of his final 10 games, Rice was suspended for three games earlier this season and fined $50,000 for reportedly throwing basketballs at his players’ heads during his tenure.

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