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Rutgers taking flak for tweet promoting players not their own

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With just one simple tweet, Rutgers found itself in an embarrassing predicament.

You see on Tuesday night, the Rutgers’ basketball twitter account posted a Tweet that read “1.1 billion earned (total earnings by Rutgers staff coached players)” alongside pictures of players that never played for Rutgers.

Instead, the Tweet showed pictures of players that attended Connecticut and Pittsburgh.

The tweet has since now been deleted. In it’s stead comes this:

Among the players pictured in the Tweet included ex-Huskies Ray Allen, Andre Drummond, Richard “Rip” Hamilton, Shabazz Napier and Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams.

Obviously, none of those players donned the scarlet and black

Now, in defense of Rutgers, what it is trying to portray is that members of the Scarlet Knight staff have been a part of those players’ growth.

Scarlet Knights’ head coach Steve Pikiell and assistant Karl Hobbs had long stints serving as assistants under legendary coach Jim Calhoun at Connecticut. Meanwhile, Brandin Knight was an assistant at Pittsburgh when Adams was playing with the Panthers.

You can see where Rutgers was trying to come from, since the coaches did play a part in the players development. Usually, though, a head coach should get all the credit.

Still, whoever was responsible for the tweet did not think this out properly. As you might expect, the reaction the tweet has been met with has been one of mockery and scorn.

That all said, Pikiell is doing a good job of drumming up excitement in Piscataway in spite of the challenges ahead.

Rutgers is once again coming off a trying season, which was the impetus to hire Stony Brook’s Pikiell. The Scarlet Knights finished 7-25 overall and 1-17 in the Big Ten, where they came in last place.

Rutgers taking flak for tweet promoting players not their own

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