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Steve Pikiell deserves long term benefit of the doubt

The 2021-2022 season ended for Rutgers men’s basketball in crushing fashion with a 89-87 double overtime loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament First Four round. It was the most memorable season that I’ve ever witnessed in four decades of following this program. What made it even more emotionally devastating for everyone involved and supporting this program was that it also likely marked the end of an era.

The past three seasons was the most successful period for this program since the best days Rutgers has ever strung together in the mid-seventies which culminated with an undefeated run to the Final Four.