Ben Howland 'intrigued' by Rutgers job, according to report

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The former UCLA coach would be an upgrade over recently fired Mike Rice.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights basketball team might actually get a coaching upgrade after former coach Mike Rice's departure due to a player abuse scandal. Ben Howland, recently fired by UCLA after a tenure in which he led the Bruins to three consecutive Final Fours, is "intrigued" by the Rutgers vacancy, according to CBS Sports' Gary Parrish.

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Parrish writes it will likely be some time before Rutgers basketball has a new head man because Rutgers President Robert Barchi likely wants to hire a new athletic director to replace Tim Pernetti, who resigned on Friday, and let the new AD help choose a new men's basketball coach.

Howland led the Bruins to a Pac-12 title this year, but, after being given a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, was upset in the first round by Tubby Smith — also recently fired — and the Minnesota Gophers. Rice was the head coach at Rutgers for three years before ESPN aired a videotape of him cursing out, hurling balls at, shoving and kicking players earlier this week.

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