You can't spell "SLOW NEWS TIME PERIOD" without "I ASKED A BLOGGER FROM SB NATION'S RUTGERS BLOG ON THE BANKS TO TALK ABOUT NORTHWESTERN'S NEWEST ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH", or maybe you can, to be honest, I didn't check.
The impression I've gotten is that Fred Hill wasn't a bad hire: he just was a really, really bad hire as a head coach. He doesn't seem to have the wherewithal to pull that gig off, but he could do a really good job for NU in this role.
Dave, the basketball writer for On the Banks, took some time to answer a few quick questions about his perception of the dude's time in New Brunswick.
OTB: I think you will see Hill be able to recruit, though it may not be as good as before. I think some of the shine has washed off Hill and there may be a little baggage he's bringing to you guys. He should be able to get players, but don't expect the big names he got at Villanova and Seton Hall.
The baseball game, I believe, was looked at as a blessing. Hill screwed up--twice in the span of two days, and gave our AD an out. It worked and now we have a coach we're psyched about. As for Hill being crazy, he was always a little silly, kicking a hole in the scorer's table, falling to his knees to beg a ref for a call... but I don't think any of us foresaw a blow out on a baseball field.
OTB: I think Hill is better as an assistant. He can be with his guys and be the good guy. Hill as a head coach, unless he learned from the RU gig, would alienate players, coaches, and fans. He never seemed to get the idea of a whole "program" as opposed to get players in and let them go.